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Staying Safe While On The Road.

June 10, 2021 by  
Filed under Travel/Leisure, Weekly Columns

( Whether you’re traveling for work or going on a road trip with your friends, it is always essential to stay vigilant and ensure you get to your destination safely. Many things could happen on the road, and even though you shouldn’t get yourself worked up on things that may never happen, it is essential to be prepared nonetheless in case of an unforeseen situation. That said, here are some tips to stay safe while on the road. 

Have your car checked

Before embarking on your journey, it would be advisable to have your car checked to ensure it is optimal for the trip. Having your tires checked is most important, and your coolant and oil just to be safe. Getting car trouble while in the middle of nowhere is less than ideal, and the last thing you want to happen is being stuck somewhere with no reception or no means of helping yourself and having to rely on strangers. 



Pack a first-aid kit

Even though you’re probably going to be in the car most of the time, it is crucial to have a first-aid kit with you at all times for any minor incidents that may occur. Suppose you’re planning on sightseeing a bit while on the road to your destination; it is always essential to have a kit to take care of cuts, bruises, pain or inflammation, allergic reactions, etc. This will give you peace of mind knowing that you and your friends should take care of anything minor that may happen while driving or exploring.

Have a radio with you

This may seem a bit dramatic, but there are loads of places where there is no cell reception whatsoever, and as Murphy would have it, that’s where most people tend to encounter problems with their car or anything else. Having Motorola police radios with you that can account for long-distance driving and get help should there be an accident or someone is badly injured will not only be convenient but potentially lifesaving. You would be better off having it but not need it than to need it and not having anything with you.

Take turns driving

If you’re traveling long distances, it might be better if you took turns driving rather than having one person make the long stretch to your destination. Many people have had accidents happen due to falling asleep at the wheel, and you may think you’d never be able to fall asleep while driving, but it happens much quicker than you think. Just the initial shock of dozing off can make you jerk at the wheel and potentially cause an accident, so taking turns driving while the other one rests could be your best chance of getting to your destination safely.

Taking a road trip is one of the most fun ways of going on vacation and also seeing the world around you. But, staying safe while doing so will not only save you loads of headaches but will also allow you to enjoy it to the fullest, knowing that you’re covered no matter what happens.

Staff Writer; Doug Hall

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