March 25, 2022
It’s that time of year. The snow is melting, the birds are chirping, and the kids are getting time off from school. That’s right – it’s Spring Break. Are you planning a family vacation? Whether it’s a quick weekend getaway or a week-long adventure, we have some tips to keep you safe if you’ll be hitting the road.
Most families are looking to catch some rays during Spring Break, which means heading south or west, sometimes driving for 15 hours or more one way. On these long drives, take breaks whenever you need them, or even better, plan your stops ahead of time. Driving while drowsy is very dangerous and dozing off even for a second could be deadly. Especially if there will only be 1 or 2 people splitting the driving responsibilities, taking breaks or planning to stay overnight somewhere along the route is the safest option.
Before you take your vehicle for a long drive, make sure it’s ready for the trip. A full tank of gas, fresh oil change, and plenty of air in the tires are simple places to start. You can learn more about easy car maintenance to-do’s in our blog here.
So you’ve got your bags packed, ready to leave on time, and someone oversleeps. Now you’re behind schedule. Guess you’ll need to push the speed limit a bit to make up for it, right? Wrong. Being late is no reason to disobey traffic laws. You should always follow the speed limit, obey road signs, maintain safe distances between yourself and the cars around you, and wear seatbelts. Saving 30 minutes isn’t worth being involved in an accident.
You finally get everyone in the car, you’re 2 hours into your 14-hour drive, and the kids start to ask the inevitable question, “Are we there yet?”. Time to bring out the iPads. Just because they can watch their favorite shows doesn’t mean you can. Don’t drive distracted. Keep your eyes on the road at all times and be aware of your surroundings. If you need to use your phone for directions, set it and forget it, and if you need to make a call or send a text, pull over and do so safely. Remember you’ve got precious cargo onboard.
No matter if you’re traveling or not this Spring Break, we hope you have a safe and enjoyable week! The tips above can be used for everyday driving too, not just road trips.