Going on a road trip is an excellent way to explore the area. You get to stop where you want, and it’s the easiest way to get around. However, a road trip can lead to danger if you don’t get prepared before you go. Here are some questions to consider to ensure you stay safe on your road trip.
Have I planned a route?
One question to consider before you go is have you planned your route? You need to have a good idea of where you want to go when you head out on a road trip. You should plan it out on a map, so you know which route to follow. Even if you are following the sat nav, you need a map in case your car battery goes on your trip. It will stop you from losing track of where you are which could lead to potential dangers. You should also be checking if any of the roads are shut on your route. You don’t want to have to make up a route as you go.
What will I do if the car breaks down?
Another question to consider to stay safe on your road trip is what will you do if the car breaks down? You need to be clued up on how to fix a tyre if it does go flat when you are driving. You don’t want to end up stuck somewhere broken down because you aren’t able to fix it yourself. And remember you need the tools to be able to do this. As this article says, half of Americans don’t check if they have necessary emergency items before going on the road! Therefore, you need to ensure you are prepared for the worse case scenario. We talked previously about essentials you need in your car so you can fix it quickly! It would be worth getting the number of a breakdown company who you can call if this does happen!
How will I manage if I get lost?
You should also consider the question of how you will manage if you do get lost? It’s so easy to go off course and end up being lost in a strange area. If you are running out of battery and have little petrol, it’s easy to start to panic. You should always keep some bug out gear in the boot of the car when you go on a road trip. That way, you will have all the essentials you need if you do get completely lost and have to stay overnight in your car. Always keep a charger in your vehicle so you can keep your phone battery fully charged.
Have I clued up on the road laws?
Another question you should consider when you go on a road trip is have you clued up on the road laws? You need to ensure you know what the rules are if you are going to be completing a road trip in a different country. You don’t want to end up getting in trouble with the law! Therefore, read up so you know what you need to do when you go on a road trip.
Make sure you check where to rest on your journey. You don’t want to be driving when you are tired!