Road Trip Safety Planner
1. Phones can offer so much. Before you go, make sure you have a full charge on your phone. Load up your phone with APPS that can help you along the way. MAPS (GPS), MUSIC, TRAFFIC, CAMPING, HOTEL, GAS APPS, will answer many questions that you have along the way and make the trip more pleasant. Also, don’t forget to pack a charger and cord. Another great item to have is a backup portable charger.
2. Time to see your mechanic. Whether you take your car in for a check up
or maybe ask your parent for help, this is the best time to get your car ready. Check your fluids, your brakes, your tires and tire pressure, and get an oil change and check all lights, including your hazard lights. Take care of your car and your car will take care of you!
3. Clean your car. Start with a clean car (especially the windshield), because you know it will only get worse. Install a portable trash container in your car.
4. Prepare for the worst. “May I have your license, registration and proof of insurance please?” If you get pulled over or are involved in an accident, having these 3 items are essential!!
5. Have an Emergency First Aid Kit. It’s always good to be prepared. Kits vary, but typically are stocked with everything from eye wash and bandages, to gauze, tape and antibiotic ointment. If you don’t already have one, grab an Emergency First Aid Guide. It’s full of useful information on “how to” remedy and sustain an injury or emergency.
6. Carry car essentials. Jack & spare tire, jumper cables, fuses, “fix-a-flat”, and a life hammer (breaks glass from the inside of the car if you find your car submerged in water), flashlight & matches. You may also want to invest in a good old-fashioned paper map. This will be most helpful if you have no cell signals and don’t know where you are.
7. Stock up on personal items. Medications, blanket, toilet paper, moist towelettes, sun block, and maybe a swiss army knife. Extra water and energy bars would be needed if every stranded.
8. Rest well. Get a good night’s sleep the night before you go. You may want to pack the car the night before so you are totally refreshed and ready to go!
9. Check out your passengers. Does your insurance cover your passengers, in case of an accident? Is your passenger carrying anything illegal? You could end up taking the heat for it.
10. Plan for pit stops. Have a bathroom break, eat or drink some water, get out and stretch and maybe switch drivers, if that is an option. Stay hydrated, stay alert!