The goal of long distance driving is to get to your destination safely. Speeding over the limit and trying to cover the distance by showing off driving skills isn’t the right way. If you focus on getting there in the fastest amount of time, mistakes and errors in judgment can be made.
Take a look at these tips for being safe while traveling distances:
- Keep the vehicle in good running condition and ensure you have enough gas to get where you are going. Having a breakdown or running out of gas, particularly at night, can put you in a situation where your safety is dramatically compromised. Make a habit of checking the condition of your tires and ensure you have a good spare at all times.
- On long road trips make sure you get plenty of rest and don't push the limit while feeling tired. Drowsiness and/or fatigue may play a major role in crashes attributed to other causes. If possible avoid having to depart on a long journey in the afternoon where you will find yourself driving at night. Your aim should be to drive during the day and rest at night.
- Never pick up hitchhikers! The list of victims who became so by letting an unknown person in their vehicle is staggering. While some of them genuinely require a lift, the overall risk is way too much!
- Keep all your car doors locked and windows closed while in or out of your car. When out of your car set your alarm or use an anti-theft device.
- Avoid parking next to vans, trucks with camper shells, or cars with tinted windows. Park as close as possible to your destination and take note of the location.
- Never leave your car unoccupied with the motor running or with children inside or leave packages and valuables on the seat of your car. If you must leave something in the car, lock it in the trunk or put it out of sight.
- Keep a secure hold on your purse, handbag and parcels. Don’t put them down or on top of the car in order to open the door.
- Beware of your surroundings when approaching your car. Don’t approach your car alone if there are suspicious people in the area. Always check both inside and out of your car before getting in.
- If you think you are being followed, drive to the nearest gas station, open business, or another well-lighted area.
While some tips might feel a tad over-cautious, it is always best to be safe rather than regret later on. Safety should always be the top priority.
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