Many people choose the summer to go on that road trip they’ve wanted to take. While road trips can be a much more affordable way to travel, there are also a number of hazards that are avoided when you fly. Before you hit the road, it’s important to make sure you’re fully prepared so you don’t end up stuck in the middle of nowhere.
Check Out Your Car
Before taking off on a road trip, it’s critical that you give your car a full check-up. Take your car to your usual mechanic so they can take a look at the following things:
- Filter and oil levels
- Coolant and windshield wiper fluid
- Air filter
- Tires, including the spare tire (also rotate if needed)
- Belts and hoses
- Battery and brakes
- Transmission fluid
Map Everything Out
Don’t wait until you’re pulling out of your driveway to start navigating your trip. Plan your route before leaving (even if it’s just done on an app or Google Maps) and make sure to let someone know exactly where you’ll be driving. You should also take the time to check weather conditions and potential road closures before leaving.
Pack An Emergency Bag
Nobody likes to think about an emergency happening, but it’s smart to be prepared just in case. Fill a soft-sided bag with emergency supplies including: jumper cables, a spare tire (be sure to check the air pressure), roadside flares, first-aid kit, flashlight, tool kit and more.
Practice Safety When Driving
Before pulling out of the driveway, make sure everyone is wearing a seatbelt. Any children under the age of 12 should be sitting in the backseat. Finally, if you get tired when driving, pull over to rest or switch drivers.
For more summer tips and up-to-date medical information, continue to check in on the Medical City Children’s Urgent Care blog.
Disclaimer: Patients’ health can vary. Always consult with a medical professional before taking medication, making health-related decisions or deciding if medical advice is right for you or your child.