Nell Zhoie April 13, 2018

Travellers drive almost everywhere imaginable including places to eat, hiding their belongings, taking shelter and even living in their vehicle while travelling. Since your vehicle can almost be like your home during your travel, you may want to take a few precautions to protect yourself.

So what can you do to stay safe while traveling? Read the following guide on how to keep yourself safe while traveling in a car.

  • Get enough rest or sleep

Before commencing a long drive, you must get enough sleep and eat a snack or a full meal. It may not be necessary to consume highly caffeinated drinks to stay awake during the long drive. Although you may feel more alert, your attention may wander and the effects can subside with time.

  • Take a break

Don’t push yourself too hard. Even if you don’t feel sleepy, pull over and take a short break every few hours. Stretch your legs, get some fresh air, or grab a snack. Take a quick nap if you have to.

  • Share driving responsibilities

If you’re not alone, and you’re with a licensed driver, share driving responsibilities. This way, you can take a break without losing time and you both can keep an eye on each other while driving.

Meanwhile, if you’re driving alone, put some music on, turn on the radio and have your window slightly open. Also, refrain from utilizing your cruise control when driving at night. Concentrate on retaining your speed to help you stay awake.

  • Don’t drink and drive

Never drink any alcoholic beverages, or consuming drugs before traveling in a vehicle. Even if you think you’re not drunk with one beer, it can still make you sleepy. You should be aware that alcohol can impair your brain, cognitive skills, and slow down your reaction or responses.

  • Avoid distracted driving

Another cause for most car accidents is distracted driving. Avoid taking calls, reading and sending text messages, or using gadgets while driving. Keep your eyes on the road and don’t get distracted with your surroundings. If you have to, pull over and move to the side of the road when taking calls.

  • Store your belongings

Make sure that your valuables are properly stored in the trunk or glove compartment. Everything you intend to bring and leave in your vehicle must be well stowed and hidden. Also, unload all your possession away from parking spaces. Your aim is not to get ripped off while travelling. Keeping yourself safe on the road also means safeguarding your belongings.

  • What to bring

For longer trips, make sure to bring the following:

  • Napkins, plasticware, and small cooler for meals on the go
  • Spare change for fees and payments on the road
  • First-aid kit
  • Pillow and blanket
  • Flashlight
  • Jumper cables
  • Spare tire or donut
  • Extra fluids for the vehicle

Conclusion

Traveling in your car can be fun. But to make sure your travel goes smoothly and avoid untoward accidents, keep in mind the guide we provided. If you are in an accident click here to find out what to do legally in the event of an accident.