How can I stay safe on long road trips?

Road trips are a rich summer tradition and a great way to see many different parts of the country. Long road trips also entail a few risks, which drivers must work to avoid when on their travails. Nationwide explains how you can get the most out of a summer road trip while ensuring you and other motorists remain safe.

Plan rest stops

While you may be tempted to push through to your destination, rest stops are an integral aspect of road trips. Driving too many hours leads to fatigue, which prevents you from focusing. Meal breaks are also important, as the food you eat helps fuel you on the journey. You can make your rest stops more enticing by planning them around interesting landmarks and scenery. 

Get ample sleep

Before your trip, make sure you're well-rested. While you might be excited about your upcoming vacation, lack of sleep also contributes to driver fatigue. You can also be cognizant about what times of the day you're driving. Research shows that most people experience sleepiness between 1 pm and 3 pm in the afternoon. If possible, schedule a rest break for this period. That way you can pick up your journey after you're refreshed. 

Drink lots of water

While driving, water should be your preferred beverage. Water refreshes you and increases your alertness, which is a must when driving. When stocking your vehicle, take more water than you plan on drinking. In the event your vehicle breaks down, you may need these extra supplies to sustain you until help arrives. In the same token, it's a good idea to stock some healthy snacks in your vehicle, such as fruit and nuts. 

 

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