Road Trip Safety: Being Prepared for the Unexpected
Many people use a vehicle to travel during the winter months and other times of the year. It is important that you are well prepared while traveling on the road. The safety of yourself, your family, and other users of the road should be of the utmost importance. Staying safe on the road means being awake and alert, so make sure you are well rested before heading out the door. Here are a few items that will help you in being prepared for the unexpected while traveling by an automotive device.
Gear Needed for Safe Road Travel
- Flashlight– Always make sure to have at least one flashlight in your vehicle at all times. It will help you to see your surroundings should you be stalled in a secluded area. A flashlight also comes in handy when you have to check something under the hood.
- Shovel– Keep a shovel in your trunk at all times. It will be useful should you need to dig yourself out of a snowbank or if your wheels become stuck in mud.
- Drinking Water– Always have a few bottles of free drinking water in the trunk. You never know when and if your vehicle will break down or run out of gas. Having drinking water in the car will help to keep you hydrated.
- Blanket- Make sure to keep a couple of clean, warm blankets in the trunk of your vehicle. Being prepared for stormy weather conditions in which you are involved in a minor accident, a vehicle breakdown or other mishaps can leave you frazzled and cold. Keeping spare blankets in the car will keep you and/or your family somewhat warm.
- Phone Charger– If you happen to have a cellphone, make sure you invest in a phone charger for the car. Always leave it in the car and fully charge your phone before you leave the house. Do not waste your battery power by making unnecessary calls. Your cellphone is a lifeline while traveling on the road.
Although there is no guarantee that you will be without mishaps while traveling with a vehicle. Being alert and focused may help to prevent an accident. Leave yourself plenty of time to get to where you want to go. Make sure you have a first aid kit on board and the above mentioned gear for your vehicle at all times.
State Farm has a great website with additional tips on winter travel safety as well has tips on how to safely jump-start your car.