With summer drawing near, the whole family is excited for your next road trip. But how can you make sure that the trip will be the family fun event you’re all expecting it to be? Most large family cars come with plenty of safety features nowadays, but the old saying “you can never be too prepared” is certainly one to pay attention to.
If you want everyone to enjoy their vacation as much as possible, then it’s best to be prepared. Here are some safety tips to keep in mind:
1. Make Sure Your Car is Well-Maintained
Get a tune-up a few days before the journey to ensure your car is in good condition and that there won’t be any sudden breakdowns on the open road.
2. Plan Your Route and Driving Schedule
Bring a map (or consult your GPS) and decide on which roads to take and what places you will visit ahead of time. Schedule breaks in between long drives to help you rest and avoid falling asleep while driving.
3. Have an Emergency Kit on Hand
Bring everything you need for emergency car repairs, including a flashlight with batteries. A first aid kit with medicine and bandages is also ideal in case any family members get sick.
4. Be Dressed to Go
Before getting on the road, make sure to dress comfortably and pack sunglasses and a bottle of sunscreen. Driving into the bright sun can impair your visibility, and although your tinted windows protect against UV exposure you are sure to be stopping regularly for bathroom breaks and opportunities to stretch. Especially in the hot summer sun, these breaks from your vehicle can result in sunburn – and there is no worse time to experience this pain than while sitting in your vehicle during a long trip.
5. Organized and Safe Back Seat
Clean out the back seat of your vehicle before your trip, checking to ensure that there are no items that could be choking hazards or injure your children by accident.
6. Strap Everyone in Securely
The most basic of all car safety rules can save your lives. Older children and grownups should be wearing their seatbelts all the time, while little ones should be properly secured in their car seats.
7. Pack and Stow Properly
Pack your items neatly in your bags and arrange everything properly in the trunk of the vehicle so that nothing gets spilled or broken while you’re driving down bumpy roads.
8. Be Prepared for Bad Weather
You never know when the weather might change, so bring waterproof items and clothing and keep them inside of your vehicle within reach in case you need to get out into rain or snow.
Now that you’ve got everything and everyone ready, take a deep breath and relax. Unforeseen circumstances can always occur, but with this advice you will be able to deal with them as they arise and have an incredible family vacation.
Regardless of what experiences you face out on the open road, PermaPlate offers the protection you need to keep your vehicle in top shape. Learn more about our products online or contact us at 800-4553-8470 to find a dealership near you that offers PermaPlate protection.