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4 Tips For Keeping Yourself Safe While On The Road

Whether you're taking a weekend road trip or driving across the country, traveling on America's highways can be more dangerous than people realize. By following some good safety tips, you can protect yourself, your passengers, and your car from falling victim to circumstances.

Prepare Your Vehicle

Practicing roadway safety begins before you pull out of the driveway. Whether you're renting a car or taking your own, make sure to give it a once over to identify any problems. Check to make sure the tires, battery, windshield wipers, and exterior lights are all in good working condition. If you're taking your vehicle, you may also want to take the car in for an oil change and tune-up. Regular car maintenance helps ensure safety while on the road, and makes it less likely for you to run into an unexpected breakdown while traveling. Major car parts and labor can be costly, so make sure that your car is good to go so you don't have to worry about this unexpected expenses while on the road. Ask your mechanic to give it an inspection to identify any problems that could crop up while you're traveling.

Don't Skimp on Supplies

You'll want to be prepared for anything, so don't hold back on bringing supplies. You should start with a toolset and a first aid kit. Also, be sure to bring bottled water, snacks, activities for children, and paper maps. You'll likely have a GPS with you as well, but you may end up losing service for any number of reasons. It's best to be prepared for that eventuality.

Invest in a Car Alarm

Some unscrupulous people will prey on travelers, often hanging around motels in search of cars to loot. They know you'll probably have valuables, clothing, jewelry, and electronics in your car. For this reason, it would be wise to keep your car armed with an alarm. You'll be alerted if anyone tries to tamper with your vehicle, which can help ensure your belongings and your vehicle stay safe.

Avoiding Legal Trouble

Another danger you may face on the road is becoming a target for law enforcement. Even though lawyers explain that the officer needs reasonable suspicion to pull you over, police may be on the lookout for out of state plates. The best thing you can do is to obey the traffic laws and drive responsibly. If you do happen to get pulled over, being polite and courteous can help you avoid bigger problems. It may also help you get out of a citation. Always keep your hands on the wheel and maintain eye contact with the officer. This will help the officer feel that you're not a threat and that you're not driving under the influence of alcohol or narcotics. Finally, don't admit to anything. You have the right to remain silent. Use it.

Staying safe on a road trip means protecting yourself against many hazards. From mechanical failures to highway thievery, anything can happen. By staying cool and knowing how to respond, you'll be better prepared to handle these challenges. Staying safe can ensure your road trip is fun and memorable in a good way.


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