Safe Holiday Traveling: Tips for Taking a Road Trip

An exciting road trip can be full of memories that last for a lifetime. Although vacationers have the option of flying to their destination, traveling by car remains the best option for true adventure seekers. Here are a few tips for staying safe on a long road trip.

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Let’s hit the road. Photo credit: Thomas Hobbs.

Fill the Gas Tank

Before leaving town, it is always a good idea to fill up the gas tank. Depending on the distance of the journey, the driver may still need to refuel along the way. Mapping out the gas stations in advance will help to prevent any unnecessary confusion during the trip.


Maintenance is important to keep a vehicle running properly for a long time.

Etramping crew ready to hit the road!

Regular oil changes are important, and drivers of vehicles with high-mileage engines should keep an extra quart of motor oil handy.

Check the Tire Pressure

The condition of the tires has a direct impact on vehicle safety. Properly inflated tires offer better traction and improved handling. Good tire pressure will also make the vehicle more responsive when making emergency maneuvers on the road. Never leave for a long trip without first inspecting the vehicle’s spare tire.

Emergency Supplies

Travelers should err on the side of caution when taking a road trip. The vehicle should be stocked with essential items such as a first-aid kit, a roadside emergency kit, tape, a basic tool set and a flashlight. Some car problems can be temporarily fixed using a little creativity. It is also advisable to store a few snacks and a case of bottled water in the trunk.

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Drive Carefully

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Always drive carefully. Photo credit: Tati.

Drivers need to pay attention to the road at all times. Periodically changing drivers during a long trip will definitely help to prevent fatigue. Drivers should stay especially alert when traveling in adverse weather. Although driving in the slow lane may prolong the trip, it will help ensure that everyone is safe.

How often do you hit the road?


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Agness Walewinder
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