Road tripping: tips to keeping the atmosphere as cool as the temperature
August 5, 2015
The hot summer sun can be the only inspiration needed to grab some friends and pile into the car for an impromptu cruise, but road trips can also inspire a heated atmosphere inside the car – the type that air conditioning can’t fix. We’ve put together a few tips for you to follow to ensure that you’re not only safe on the road but you’re also still talking to your cruising cohorts when you reach your destination.
Take Turns Driving
Don’t assume that just because someone normally navigates the wheel that they want to be the only one driving all 12 hours of the trip. Offer to take turns and don’t take the first ‘no’ as the final answer. Everyone needs a break and fresh drivers are alert drivers. Keep safety first and foremost in mind- even before you decide where you want to go.
Don’t Make Passengers Wish they Took the Bus
If your job description doesn’t include the words ‘race car driver’, don’t act like one. The highway isn’t a racetrack or a playground, so you shouldn’t treat it like one. Speeding, tailgating, racing, road raging, texting, unsafe lane changing and other dangerous habits won’t get you anywhere other than somewhere you probably don’t want to be. Don’t make your passengers feel unsafe just because you think speeding will get you somewhere 10 minutes faster.
Keep the earbuds out of your ears
If you can’t decide on a radio station, agree to disagree and perhaps suggest a schedule. You’re all in this together, and if passengers decide to distract themselves and not engage with the driver, he or she is vulnerable to becoming tired or drowsy. Keep conversation flowing about possible routes and directions, rest stops and lunch options, so the driver is always aware of his or her surroundings.
Always make sure you bring the right stuff. Charged cell phones and chargers, snacks, games, blankets, a flashlight, an emergency kit with a spare tire, sunblock, plenty of water or other drinks, a spare car key and the number for road side assistance should all be kept at the ready. You never know when you will need any of these essentials, and being prepared is never a bad thing.
Never wait until your fuel light is on to find a gas station. If you have less than half a tank and you spot a sign for a rest station, stop and fill up if you aren’t close to your destination. There is nothing scarier for a driver than being on empty with no gas station in sight, and scared drivers aren’t always safe drivers. Make sure all passengers are aware that it’s everyone’s responsibility to pitch in on fuel, and always keep an eye on the fuel gage.
Roadtrips with friends and loved ones can create memories that last a lifetime, but make sure those memories are of the positive variety and not the ones that make you shudder when you look back. There are a variety of Columbus auto insurance packages for car owners to compare, so if you’re looking for any Columbus insurance options, give us a call.