Wednesday, June 1, 2011

10 Tips to Keep you Safe on the Road

It's traveling season again. I was reminded of this when I saw the 'Free Coffee, Exit 10' sign on the highway as we drove home from my in-law's last Sunday. It's always important to be safe on the roads. And even more brought home to me now that I have a little one riding along in the backseat. But in the summer, traffic swells as people take vacations.

As people try to save money by staying closer to home, traveling via car has become more affordable and convenient than air travel, I think. And, unfortunately, a lot of travel happens around holiday weeks / weekends, when people are more likely to be out drinking at parties. Therefore, the roads can be a bit more dangerous at the same time as they are more crowded.

How can you stay safe? Here's my 10 tips:

  1. Follow at a safe distance. Do not tailgate, that is! You don't know if the driver ahead of you is overtired or not paying attention, so just stay clear!
  2. Do I have to say it? I do. Don't talk or text on your cell phone! It's just too risky. Not to mention you could get a ticket in most states.
  3. Along with that, get yourself situated before taking off. Organize your CDs, Ipod, beverages, snacks. get the kids settled in, etc. You don't want to try to fanagle that stuff while driving.
  4. Put on some upbeat tunes. No Yanni while driving - that'll put you right to sleep. Try some Sousa marches for the holiday weekend. And of course, most children's CD's are peppy enough to keep you going!
  5. If you have to caffeinate, do so. But...
  6. Know when to pull over and get some rest.
  7. Take turns. If there's another viable driver in the car, don't try to go the distance. Swap out every hour or so.
  8. Take time to stretch your legs. Pull over and walk around your car 5 times, go to the bathroom, get a drink of water. Just get yourself moving and the blood flowing!
  9. Roll down the windows or put the AC on - don't let your car get all warm and fuzzy or you'll find yourself dozing soon enough.
  10. Enlist help from your passengers by engaging in a game of 20 questions, or just having a good conversation. Conversation? What's that? Oh you need to take your Ipod off for that one! LOL!
Whether you travel near or far, staying safe on the road is important not just for you and your family, but also for the other drivers on the road too. When you are unsafe, so are they. Let's be considerate of everyone we share the road with this summer.

Want more good tips?
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Don't ignore chips or cracks in your windshield this summer! That is a SURE way to be unsafe on the roads if you blow out your windshield! Take care if it today!

DISCLOSURE: I wrote this blog post while participating in the SocialMoms and Safelite blogging program, for a gift card worth $30. For more information on how you can participate, click here.

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