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There are many things you may want to take into consideration before hitting the road, you already know driving long distances can be a really tiring and dangerous activity to do, especially if you are doing it on your own. Hitting the road for a long distance trip can become way less stressful and tiring if you do it with someone else for many reasons, let’s take a look at some of the recommendations we give you for a safe road trip:


  1. Is there anything better than having a good night sleep? We doubt it! Getting enough sleep a day before your road trip is our first tip. Also, don’t forget to grab something to eat before you go. You may want to know that highly caffenaited drinks are not necessarily the best way to stay awake. While initally you will feel more alert, the effects can recede with time. Many people don’t know this and believe that coffee will keep them awake and alert all along, however, this is a mistake we usually make.
  2. Okay, this mind sound kind of obvious but we’re still going to mention it just in case. DON’T DRINK AND DRIVE. Did you know that 30% of the accidents fatalities involve drivers impaired by alcohol? Even if you didn’t have a lot, low-alcohol levels in your blood will still reduce your reaction time, which could translate into an accident.
  3. Make sure your vehicle is in good conditions for a long drive. We recommend you to have your tires, battery, belts, fluids, and air conditioner checked by a qualified mechanic. If you’re driving in a hot climate or towing a boat or trailer, you may need a motor oil with a higher viscosity. Don’t take this for granted, this could save your life.
  4. Don’t speed! Speed limits are posted for a reason. Driving at a higher rate cuts your reaction time and results in more stored energy that must be dissipated in any collision. If you’re in a hurry, remember your life is more valuable than an appointment or meeting.
  5. Buckle up. This is also kind of obvious, however, remember that having your seatbelt won’t only keep you safe, but in most places it’s also the law.
  6. Avoid distractions such as your cellphone, if you need to take that call, let the person next to you do it for you. Messages can wait.
  7. Be alert if there’s bad weather, in case of storm, rain, snow or icy roads be extra careful. Drive below the speed limit if neccesary.

Whether you are driving long or short distances, remember to always be careful. Driving is a responsability you should never ignore.