Starting a road trip involves planning and commitment. People make some room on their busy schedule to take everyone, including kids, to a memorable road trip.
Families look at weather apps to predict the weather before driving. They wonder about the risk of driving under critical weather conditions such as snowy or rainy days.
But, what about spring breaks? Do you know how to drive safely during a spring break road trip?
Below, you’ll find 5 safety tips for spring break road trippers.
Use Caution Driving At Night
Driving at night makes it easy for road trippers to get to their destination on time and give them more time during the day to enjoy the destination. Yet there are some night vision challenges that everyone should know.
According to the American Optometric Association, older drivers (50, 60 and older) need twice as much light compared to younger drivers. It is about night vision and the dangers that poses driving with lower visibility.
If you must drive at night, follow these advices:
- Never drive alone. Have other people joining you and take turns to reduce fatigue and drowsiness.
- Keep a safe distance from other vehicles and do not speed at night.
- Stop at reasonable times to help your blood circulations.
- Don’t drive at night if you are feeling tired or not confident about it.
Wear Your Seatbelt
This could be a life-changing advice. Many deadly crashes happened because the affected drivers and passengers did not wear their seatbelts. Watch out!
If you are in the middle of a road trip, use a three-point lap-shoulder belt, since they are better at preventing injuries in the event of a crash.
Buckle up! Make sure you are using the seatbelt properly. Sometimes people fail to adjust it and do not realize that they are neglecting their own safety.
Avoid Reclining Your Seat When Driving
Tip number 2 leads to this point. The use of seatbelt makes no sense if you recline your seat. You may not know but reclining your seat gives more space between you and the seatbelt, which increases the risk of death or fatal injuries.
Car manufacturers do not normally communicate passengers about the dangers of reclining their seat. Yet, you could always find it somewhere in any driving manual, so be alert.
Put your seat back and do not expose yourself to a terrible end.
Road Trip Tire Safety Check
This is an advice that needs careful attention prior to hitting the road. Tires are one of the most important driving features to consider once you take a long drive with your friends and family.
Get off your vehicle and check if your tires include the following:
- Aged tires
- Poor tread wear and depth
- Inflation problems
Before hitting the road, check the age of your tires with the help of an specialist. More importantly, do not over-inflate or under-inflate your tires for your own driving safety.
Avoid Distracted Driving And Focus
If you are the type of driver who handles the phone while driving, you better stop it. Distracted driving is a major cause of car accidents and deaths, so there’s no reason why you should send a text while on the road.
Note that some states, say Washington, have made texting while driving illegal. In a broader sense, the use of cell phones is already illegal in 15 states, and you could be paying a fine that could ruin your trip.
The rationale behind these laws relates to the increasing number of accidents owing to distracted driving.