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4 Ways to Avoid Getting Stranded on Spring Break

Family in car

March 8, 2017 Topic: Safety Tips

At Brakes to Go, we’re not only concerned with your brakes, we also value your personal safety. Holidays like Spring Break can cause even the most cautious person to forget certain safeguards. As a reminder, we’ve provided a few safety tips that you should always remember when planning a road trip.

Basic Checks

When preparing your adventure, before going anywhere, first make sure that your vehicle has had a tune up. A great first step is ensuring your brakes have been checked, the tire pressure is safe for travel, and the oil level is sufficient. Working out all of these factors beforehand will not only ensure fewer headaches during your trip, but they’ll let you focus on having fun.

Map Your Route

Another key step in your prep is to plan your route before setting off. This not only prepares you for the unexpected, but it minimizes distractions you may run into while driving, and removes any possibly dangerous, impromptu decision-making that may arise while driving.

Plan For Emergencies

A smart thing to do is to assemble a roadside emergency kit. This holds all of the equipment you may need if sticky situations should arise. These items can include: water, warm blankets, a flashlight, jumper cables, flares, tools for changing tires, a fully charged cell phone or wireless cell phone charger, a first aid kit, a paper road map, and some snacks. Even if these items are never used, it’s always best to be prepared. Like the old adage says, “It is better to be prepared for an opportunity and not have one than to have one and not be prepared.” Always be ready for anything.

Don’t Drive Fatigued

Lastly, we urge you to be well-rested before setting off anywhere. According to the NHTSA, driving drowsy is a contributing factor in 100,000 accidents annually. Drive only when well-rested, and if possible, switch between drivers during longer road trips.

With Spring Break fast approaching, keep these tips fresh in your mind before setting off on your trip. And remember to be prepared, and of course, have fun!