Stay Safe on Your Summer Vacation Road Trip With These 5 Safety Tips and Suggestions
It may not seem like it, but summer is around the corner and as people are flying less and driving more, we don’t want anything to get in the way of your road trip. Stay safe — and healthy — with these road trip safety tips and essential supplies.
Whether you’re heading to a remote beach or a secluded park, we want to make sure that you’re traveling safely — and with the right equipment and supplies.
Quick Tips to Stay Safe on Your Summer Road Trip
1. Have Your Car Inspected
Nothing puts the brakes on a road trip like a roadside breakdown, or even worse, an accident. AAA reported rescuing a record number of stranded motorists during the summer, citing battery and tire failures as major culprits. So before you head out for your summer road trip, we recommend having your car inspected, and if necessary, serviced!
2. Prepare a Road Trip Breakdown Emergency Kit
Always be prepared. Stow an emergency breakdown kit in your vehicle that includes:
- An operational spare tire and jack
- Jumper cables
- Solar phone charger
Before you head for the hills, make sure you know how to change a tire and jump a dead battery!
3. Prepare a Road Trip Medical Emergency Kit
We also recommend that every motorist stock their vehicle with emergency medical supplies including:
Bleeding control kits are especially important for motorists as accidents can cause traumatic bleeding. Find out the difference between a bleeding control kit and a first aid kit here.
We wrote about who should have an AED for home use earlier this year, but that applies your car as well!
4. Plan Your Drive
Save yourself the frustration, time, and lost miles and plan your route before you take off. Then write it down. Google Maps and Waze are great, but we recommend jotting down your route (and alternate route) just in case you find yourself in a cellular dead zone!
5. Stay Rested, Be Alert: Take a Pit Stop
As romantic (or exciting) as a road trip can be, they can also be stressful and tiring! If you become fatigued, your reaction times are significantly slowed. Be sure to take frequent stops to rest your eyes, stretch your legs, and relax your shoulders. Grab a water or a caffeinated beverage to ensure you’ll make frequent safety stops!
Visit AED.com or call Cardio Partners at 866-349-4362 to find the perfect AED, bleeding control, or first aid kit for your car. We also welcome your emails; you can reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Happy road tripping!