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road tripsAre you looking to take advantage of your job that has become remote since the pandemic? Maybe you’ve always wanted to drive across the county and sightsee. Well, now you can without needing to take time off. Maybe you have purchased a van or bus and redone it so you can now live there, or you have purchased a camper. Either way, you will be on the road a lot. Anytime you are on the road, the chance of accidents increases. This article will provide a few tips for you to think about before heading out on your new adventure.

Unfortunately, car accidents do happen, and if you find yourself in an accident, the attorneys at The Law Offices of Samer Habbas & Associates, PC, can help you navigate the process. Set up a free consultation today by calling 888-848-5084 or contact us online.

1 – Make Sure Your Vehicle Is Ready

Especially on longer trips where you will be away from home for longer periods of time, make sure your vehicle is ready to handle the miles you are about to put on it. Make sure you have the tires and lights checked. Perform routine maintenance like an oil change and tire rotation. If necessary, find a reputable mechanic where you will be traveling so you have a backup plan in case something goes wrong.

2 – Have Current IDs And Documents

This is extremely important if you will be doing any international travel while on your trip. Make sure you have your most up-to-date driver’s license and passport. You’ll also want to be sure you have updated car registration and insurance information with you as well. Without an updated version of any of these documents, you may find yourself far from home with no way of renewing them.

Also, if you are traveling with a pet, make sure you bring their up-to-date vaccination record, health papers (if necessary), and any of their medications or health logs. Check with your veterinarian before you leave if there are certain preventative medicines your pet needs before you travel to the new areas.

3 – Make A Plan In Advance

Although you may plan to drive to see where the highway takes you, it is important to have at least a plan for each day. That way, you can tell someone who is not on the trip where you will be heading and what stops you might make. If you find yourself in an emergency situation, it’s important that people know where to reach you.

Timing when you drive through certain areas like major cities may help you save time on your trip. Avoid hitting major cities during rush hours, and you may eliminate sitting in traffic on the highway. Similarly, being able to check the weather forecast for your destination will be able to help you avoid additional slowdowns.

4 – Bring Enough Money

No matter where you are traveling, take at least some cash with you. Many places still do not accept cards, and it could put you in a pinch if there is not an ATM nearby. Make sure you have at least enough cash for a tank of gas, a meal, and a small emergency like a flat tire. That way, you are prepared and aren’t stranded looking for an ATM.

5 – Have An Emergency Kit

You never know what could happen while you are on the road, but if you bring an emergency kit with you, you will be prepared. Especially on a long road trip, you are more likely to experience a car breakdown just by the sheer number of miles you are driving. You may never need any of the supplies you bring, but at least you had them.

Pack a basic first aid kit, a flashlight, roadside vehicle safety equipment like a reflector and a set of jumper cables, a blanket, non-perishable food, and water. These supplies can be stored in a small bag, and you will be prepared if necessary.

6 – Make Sure You’re Rested

One of the biggest causes of car accidents is tired and drowsy drivers. As much as you would like to try and cover as many miles as possible, make sure you take the proper time to rest and sleep between your long driving days.

7 – Bring Cold Beverages & Snacks

Many truckers will always keep a small cooler full of ice in their trucks with them, which holds ice cold drinks. They claim that, when they are driving, cold beverages keep them awake and alert. Turning on the air conditioning in your vehicle may also keep you awake by keeping you cool.

You will also want to bring a few snacks with you, especially if you are traveling with teens or kids. Rather than stopping every hour to buy some snacks, you can limit your stops and make sure everyone is happy. As a bonus, the snacks you purchased in advance can be cheaper than buying them individually!

8 – Take Breaks

Even though it sounds like a good idea to drive to your destination and get there as soon as possible, make sure you take breaks to stretch your legs and get fresh air. Walking around at each stop will be good for your body and mind, and it can help you prevent accidents.

California Car Accident Attorneys

If you are planning on heading out for a long-distance or extended road trip, make sure you take adequate time to plan for your trip. This planning can help you ensure you and your passengers arrive at your destination safely.

The car accident attorneys at The Law Offices of Samer Habbas & Associates, PC, are ready to help you if your trip doesn’t go as planned. Please schedule a consultation today by calling 888-848-5084 or contact us online.

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