7 Safety Tips for Your Next Family Road Trip

A lot of good memories can be formed based on the unique events that occur while taking a road trip. Not only does the long drive allow your family to spend quality time together and bond and it serves as a learning opportunity for kids and adults alike.


While you are planning for your next family road trip, it is essential to be adequately prepared for anything that might happen.

Being prepared will not only ensure that you reach your destination healthy and happy, but it will also help to ensure that you do not waste time while you are on the road.

Here are seven safety tips for your next family road trip;

Get your car tuned up

Arriving safely at your destination often depends on the condition of your vehicle. Before you start packing, take your vehicle for a professional car service and let them check your oil levels, tire pressure and tread, battery and other car essentials.

Ensure that you have a sound spare tyre and keep your fuel tank filled enough to get to the next servo.

Getting your vehicle serviced will help to avoid breakdowns, tire blowouts, dead batteries and other issues that have the potential to cause accidents while you are on the road.

Pack for emergencies

Despite your best plans, there is every possibility that you will encounter some unforeseen incidents on your road trip. Therefore, it is essential to have precautions in place to take care of all emergencies.

You need a fully stocked first aid kit containing bandages, disinfectant, pain relievers for adults and children, ice packs and allergy drugs.

It would help if you also had an emergency backpack containing tools like flashlights, jump leads, rope, blankets, extra bottles of water and other survival tools.

Stay strapped in

Always to use your seatbelts. Use baby car seats for children below six years old or less than four feet in height. This is the law.

Ensure the baby car seat is in good condition and installed properly. Before you drive off, ensure everyone has their belts securely fastened.

Keep kids entertained

Driving on a long stretch of road can quickly become monotonous and incredibly dull to your children.

Ensure to have a variety of games, food, snacks, and activities that can keep them occupied.

Movies, animated videos, card or board games, colouring books and catchy music tapes can keep your children happy and occupied, thereby allowing you to focus on driving.

Take breaks

Driving for hours on end without pause can take its toll on the body and lead to dire circumstances. Most people overestimate their bodies’ ability to function under prolonged stress and often think that they can drive for a whole day without taking breaks.

Seeing as most accidents are as a result of driving while drowsy, distracted or tired, it is essential to take at least three breaks on a day’s journey.

After every 2 or 3 hours, pull over, get out of the car and stretch your legs. Stop at a lodging establishment every night and ensure that you are well rested for the next day.

Avoid using the phone while driving

It is against the law to use your phone while driving.

If you must pick a call or answer a text, pull over in a safe place, well away from traffic. Otherwise, let your passenger handle the phone and keep your entire focus on the road.

Know the weather

Have an idea of what the weather forecast will be on the routes you are going to be taking. This way, you will be able to find alternative routes and prepare accordingly if extreme weather is forecast.

If you are not sure of your driving skills, try not to drive in adverse weather conditions. Better to arrive at your destination safely than not.

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