How to Make Your Road Trip a Safe One

Are you taking a road trip by yourself? Perhaps you are going on the trip with family members or friends. Either way, from planning the trip itself to having essential information on towing services, here are some ideas that might help you make your road trip a safe one.

Plan Ahead - Whether you look online at the route you'll take to your destination, or whether you buy a paper map, planning ahead can make all the difference in the world.

  • Obviously, you'll want to make sure that your vehicle is travel ready. However, it is still really good to plan for unexpected occurrences. For example, you might think that your vehicle is in tip-top shape. If you have car trouble, you'll be glad that you took the time to note the numbers of towing services that are found along the way of your trip. 
  • Before you make note of towing services, be sure that you have found out when they are available. Find out if the towing service is available every day of the year and for twenty-four hours a day. Find out, too, if the service accepts credit cards. (For more info on towing services, talk to companies like Jays Towing.)
  • As you search for towing services, also check out car repair shops where your car could be towed. For example, if you are out in the desert in New Mexico, would it be better for you to have the car towed to Santa Fe or to Albuquerque? Check your route!

Travel with Essentials - Before you leave on your road trip, make a checklist of things you might need along the way. Remember the old adage Better safe than sorry!

  • In case of car trouble, you'll want to have drinking water and some food, just in case it takes a while for the tow truck to reach you. Things like apples and granola bars are great to pack.
  • Pack a first-aid kit, too. Be sure it has band-aids in different sizes. Also, anti-itch cream and aspirin or another type of painkiller might be handy to have.
  • Bring a flashlight for each person, and extra batteries to go with each flashlight. If you stop at a hotel or at other accommodations along the way, don't forget to take the flashlight into the facility with you.

Your kids are probably depending on electronics for their entertainment. However, it might be fun for you to plan some old-fashioned car games, too. After all, electronics can lose their power.