There’s nothing like being out on the open road with friends or family. Road trips are practically a young adult’s rite of passage in America. Summer is the perfect time to see new sights and bond with each other.
However, it’s not enough to hop in the car and drive. Birmingham drivers need to understand the hazards and temptations they may encounter on their journey.
#1: Stay well-rested
Depending on your course, you may spend long hours on straight highways in the middle of nowhere. These roads are common culprits of “highway hypnosis,” which lulls drivers into a sleepy, inattentive state. Your trip may also involve driving through the night or during late hours.
Fatigue can be a major factor in crashes, including single-vehicle accidents, so drivers must stay vigilant. Switching driving responsibilities with other licensed passengers may help. Anyone who plans to drive should get a full night’s rest first. Energy drinks and coffee are not sufficient for extended trips.
#2: Minimize distractions
Music, chatting and games are some of the best parts of a road trip, but they can also take your attention away from the task at hand. A small amount of these activities can keep your brain alert, but don’t let your mind, hands or eyes wander from the road. Be ready to ask friends to quiet down so that you can concentrate.
#3: Prepare for an accident
If someone crashed into your car, do you know what you would do? Accidents are stressful enough already, but they can become even more of a hassle when you’re one hundred miles away from home.
Assemble an emergency kit, including a spare tire, jumper cables, first aid supplies, insurance information and extra power packs to charge phones. Nobody wants their vacation to come to an abrupt halt with a crash, but you can only manage the risks that are under your control.