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Whenever you plan on any long-distance driving, you should be extra cautious in order to reduce your risk of getting into a car accident. These six tips for a safe road trip will help you make it to your destination safe and sound.
Inspect Your Vehicle
Prior to leaving for a road trip, you should inspect your vehicle to ensure it is prepared for long distance travel. During your inspection, check your vehicle’s oil, tire pressure, brakes, lights, signals, wiper blades, and windshield wiper fluid.
2. Plan Stops Along the Way
Regardless of whether your road trip is two hours or ten hours, you should plan stops along the way. Stopping can give you the opportunity to stretch your legs, use the restroom, eat a snack, and recharge before hitting the road again. It is a good idea to stop at restaurants you would like to try or interesting places you would like to visit.
3. Get Enough Sleep
Before the road trip, you should get at least seven hours of sleep for two consecutive nights so that you can build your energy. This way, you will feel refreshed and energized when it comes time to sit behind the wheel for hours.
4. Share the Driving
If you are going on a road trip with others, you should share driving duties with other licensed drivers. This way, you can receive a break and avoid bored, distracted, and dangerous driving that may cause an accident.
5. Pack a Roadside Emergency Kit
A roadside emergency kit can save you a great deal of stress when you run into an obstacle during your road trip. The kit should contain water, snacks, a flashlight, jumper cables, a reliable spare tire, jack, and tire iron.
6. Keep an Eye on Your Gas Tank
Since your road trip may lead you to an area that does not have a gas station in sight, you should always keep an eye on your gas tank. Try to avoid allowing your tank to be less than one-third full.
Consult Our Hinsdale Car Accident Lawyers
Even if you are well prepared for your road trip and adhere to these tips, you may find yourself in an accident that was caused by the negligence of another driver. If this is the case, be sure to reach out to our DuPage County car accident lawyers today at 630-920-8855.