It’s almost the start of road trip season, and that means lots of people driving for events and vacations. Before you hit the road make sure to check off these 5 road trip safety tips!

  1. Maintenance check. Have your car thoroughly checked before you depart in order to ensure its top performance. In the case of an unexpected breakdown or accident, it is wise to have roadside assistance. Also make sure your tires are properly inflated.
  2. Sleep does the body good. Be sure to get enough rest before you head out on the road. Most adults need an average of seven to eight hours of sleep each night. Without adequate periods of rest for physical and mental repair, you may not be able to function at your peak.
  3. Eat before you go. Family on road tripTo keep hunger at bay on a long trip,  at a balanced meal. Also, save costs by packing your own healthy snacks to help you avoid buying sugary treats when you stop for gas. When you do stop, take a stretch break!
  4. Pack tools. A basic car emergency kit should include a pen, paper, maps, a first aid kit, flares, a blanket, and a mini fire extinguisher. Carry a mobile phone that is fully charged. Make sure you have the tools needed for the unexpected flat tire or dead battery.
  5. Secure your valuables. Avoid leaving valuables in your car where they can be seen. If your belongings are in the back seat, be sure to put a blanket over top of them or if space is available, place them underneath the seats.

Remember, seat belts save lives. Motor vehicle crashes are the number one cause of death for children and adolescents, so if you’re riding with kids make sure they’re using a seatbelt or are securely strapped in a car seat.

Sources: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Mayo Clinic, LifeWork Strategies EAP, Washington and Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Centers. For medical advice, consult your physician.