V60 Road trip Safety

Road Trip Safety and Advice

Road trips are full of fun and adventure. These road trip safety tips will make sure your next journey is a safe one as well.

Road trip safety and advice

Taking a road trip is a great way to relax, see some new sights, and experience new adventures. While part of the fun of a road trip is being spontaneous and encountering the unexpected, you should always prepare in advance and have back-up plans in case of major setbacks. With these measures in place, nothing should stand in the way of a good time.

Plan your road trip

In the past, planning a trip required asking the right people or going out to find an accurate and informative guide. Now, you can simply type your destination into an online search engine to discover almost everything there is to know.

Take advantage of this convenience by “scouting out” your trip, including optimal routes, accommodation, restaurants and local sites. Plan on stopping after every two hours to give your eyes and body a rest from driving.
Chart these stops along your route with rest areas, restaurants or parks to create opportunities for stretching your legs.

Also, familiarise yourself with your route even if you intend to use satellite navigation for turn-by-turn directions. GPS devices can sometimes make mistakes or lose service across our vast country. With a clearer idea of the routes you want to take, this will minimise the chances of getting lost.

Make sure your vehicle is ready

Before taking your car on a long trip, make sure it is up to the challenge. Check your vehicle’s fluids and tyre pressures, making adjustments as needed. If you have not taken your vehicle in for scheduled maintenance, get that taken care of before hitting the road.

Do not forget that a component of getting your vehicle ready for a long trip is cleaning out the interior. A clean car is more pleasant to be in and will provide fewer distractions while on the road.

Finally, make sure the most important component of a car – its driver – is ready for a long journey. Get plenty of rest and eat a nourishing meal before departing.

Plan for emergencies

A lot can happen out on the open road. Be prepared for any situation with planning and a collection of emergency supplies.

At a minimum, remember to have – or at least consider – the following:
• First-aid kit
• Blankets
• Water and non-perishable food
• Flashlight
• Jumper cables
• Maps
• Flares, flags or hazard signs
• Jack and a spare tyre

Other safety considerations

• Consider purchasing a roadside assistance plan before leaving. (Some warranties include it.)

• Provide regular status updates to an emergency contact back home or at the place you are visiting.

• Use caution in unfamiliar places. Stick to well-lit areas with lots of people. Keep your personal belongings close and well secured.

• Your mobile is highly convenient, though never be too dependent on it. It could lose service, get lost or stolen. Know your route, plan your stops, and carry traditional maps as back-up even if your car features an advanced navigation system.
• Always know where the nearest hospital is at any point during your trip.

• Try to stick to only well-established businesses, and use cash in places you are wary of.

• Bring soft toys, snacks and traditional games for kids. Electronic entertainment devices can run out of batteries or lose their charge fast. Also make stops every couple hours to keep them stimulated. A bored child is no fun on a long trip!

We hope this advice will help you have the safest and best road trip ever. Enjoy yourself and create lots of wonderful memories for you and your family.