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6 Tips for a Safe Long-Distance Road Trip

summer road trip safety tipsSummer is right around the corner, and for many that means vacations and road trips. Road trips are a great way to save money on airfare while making memories with friends or family. The last thing you want to experience during your trip is an emergency you weren't prepared for. However, a bit of smart planning now can help you avoid a ruined vacation. Here are 6 long-distance travel tips to keep in mind before your summer road trip:

  1. Check your vehicle
    Before you leave, go for a service check to make sure that your engine, tires, battery, brakes, etc. are in good condition. It's also a good idea to make sure that your spare tire is usable.

  2. Put together an emergency kit
    Nothing puts a damper on a road trip quite like a vehicle breakdown. However, packing an emergency kit can help curb the stress that comes along with one. Consider including the following:

  • First-aid kit

  • Maps

  • Car manual

  • Flashlight (with extra batteries)

  • Flares

  • Jumper cables or a portable battery booster

  • Jack

  • Tool kit

  • Bottled water

  • Nonperishable food items

  1. Get a good night's sleep
    Driving while tired can be nearly as dangerous as driving while intoxicated. You can avoid a NJ car accident by getting a full night of sleep before hitting the road. If you have a passenger, it's a good idea to alternate drivers every few hours.

  2. Take breaks
    Pulling over every few hours to rest or stretch your legs can make a huge difference in your energy level.

  3. Avoid distractions
    Designate someone in the car to manage non-driving tasks like texting, using the GPS, and choosing music. That way, the driver won't have to do these things behind the wheel. When it comes to food, go inside somewhere instead of trying to eat while driving.

  4. Research your route
    Map your route in advance and be prepared for busy roads. You may want to consider leaving earlier or later to avoid heavy traffic.

If you have been hurt in a New Jersey auto accident, get in touch with a Morristown NJ car accident lawyer for help. Manfred Ricciardelli has over 20 years of experience representing injured drivers in New Jersey. He will help you recover your damages and get the benefits you and your family need. For a free consultation, call 973-285-1100 or fill out our online contact form.


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