The number of Americans opting to take road trips is on the rise, according to MMGY. 22% of the nation currently hit the road in their vehicles to enjoy a leisurely break with their loved ones. Americans state that their top reason for taking a road trip is being able to stop as and when they wish, which is a key factor when you’re traveling with excitable children eager to arrive at your top choice of hotel. However, road safety is paramount when you’re carrying your family from one destination to another. So, before you pile in the car, ensure you’ve got these aspects covered.
Make sure your car is road-safe
Ideally, you should be taking your vehicle to be serviced on a regular basis, but it's essential that a thorough check of your vehicle is carried out before you leave town. The AAA advise that an oil change is completed at least once every year, or every 5,000 to 7,500 miles on newer models. If you're not savvy with cars, take your vehicle to a reputable mechanic to give it the once over. Be sure to use a reward card to pay for the service as the points or cash earned can be put towards an enjoyable treat which the whole family can enjoy during your trip.
When you’ve got the kids in the back complaining that they’re bored or hungry, becoming distracted is all too easy. But, with distracted driving a leading factor in more than 1,000 serious incidents each day, taking action to avoid distraction is a must. Therefore, consider purchasing portable DVD players to keep your children entertained on the journey. Ensuring there are enough food options in the car is vital, too, and you should regularly stop so that they can burn some energy off and view a change of scenery. However, in cases where an incident on the road does occur, be sure to seek professional advice from an attorney who will advise you on the best cause of action. This may mean you have to postpone your road trip, but remember your and your family’s safety on the road is the main thing.
While there is no law dictating how frequently a recreational driver must stop, Nationwide suggests that a break should be factored in every two hours. By taking a break, it relaxes your mind and body and gives you the opportunity to restore the fuel in your body which is needed to maintain attention on the road. Service stations are a great place to maximize deals and earn dining bonuses, so remember to use the appropriate card when paying for your food.
Family road trips are a great way for the whole family to enjoy a break together. However, it’s important to always put safety at the forefront of your mind. Therefore, prepping your vehicle for the journey ahead, having plenty of in-car entertainment on hand and taking regular breaks are a must.