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How to Prepare For a Safe Road Trip

Summer has always meant travel for many people. It’s the perfect time to leave the house and experience something new. One of the best ways to get a whole experience is to take a road trip. During a road trip, you can stop as many times as you want at many different places. Before you embark on that trip, it’s always a good idea to ensure you are as safe as possible in your vehicle. Here at Varsity Driving Academy, safety while on the road is our number one goal.

Learning how to prepare for a safe road trip can help ensure you enjoy your journey and make it home safely.

How to Prepare For a Safe Road Trip

That’s why we want to help ensure you have safe road trips this summer with the help of a safety checklist. Before heading out on the road, you should ensure you have the following items in your vehicle. All of the below will ensure that you’ll be prepared for any emergency while on the open road.

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  • Bottled Water and Non-Perishable Snacks
  • First Aid Kit
  • Flashlight and Batteries
  • Small Tool Kit
  • Car Jack and Lug Wrench (also, the knowledge of how to use these tools)
  • Properly Inflated Spare Tire
  • 12-Foot Jumper Cables
  • Route Plan
  • Rest (driving while tired is as bad as driving under the influence)
  • Inspect Car (fluid levels, belts, lights, and tires)
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While on The Road

Staying safe on a road trip doesn’t just require you to be well prepared; you also need to remember the rules of the road.

  • Watch Out For Pedestrians (remember, you’re not the only one enjoying the summer sun)
  • Stay Aware of Construction Signs
  • Follow Speed Limits
  • Buckle-up (day and night)
  • Pull Over to Use Your Phone (avoid distracted driving)
  • Pay Attention to Warning Lights
  • Stop at Hotels or Motels When Tired

Having fun is the goal, but having a safe road trip is the most important part. So, while you’re out enjoying the weather and sights, make sure you’re prepared for any situation.