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What safety tips do you need to know before a long road trip?

Safety Tips for Long Road Trips 

Road trips with family and friends are important to boost our well-being and much-needed relaxation. However, there are some safety factors that you need to be aware of and consider before hitting the road. Safe driving practices can help prevent unwanted dangers and prevent collisions as well. In this blog article, we at Matador Motors explore some crucial safety tips you need to know before a long road trip.   

1. Vehicle Maintenance Before Journey  

Nothing surpasses the importance of taking your vehicle for a maintenance checkup and service before taking a long road trip. Get a consultation from the mechanic to check for any leaks or damages. It’s recommended to change the oil and filter, and also the tires as warm weather can change their pressure. Check your battery, ensure the headlights, brake lights, and signals are working properly, top up the windshield washer fluids and check for flat tires before heading out to the road. If you face a car breakdown during your trip, switch the hazard lights on after moving the car to the roadside, and call for assistance by examining the damage.   

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2. Obeying the Speed Limit  

Speed is one of the most integral aspects of highway driving. Maintaining high speeds on highways is easy as roads are vast and wider with light traffic. However, adhering to a certain speed limit is always recommended for your safety and the safety of others on the road. Assess the road and set a condition to maintain your speed level. Rain, night driving, high speeds, and tight traffics should put you on high alert.   

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3. Avoid Sleep During Driving  

One of the common reasons for accidents during nighttime is drowsiness. Drowsy driving is a serious risk, and as a driver, you need to have an additional driver with you if you are on a long road trip. If you are driving alone, taking pit stops to take a good nap is highly suggested. While driving, if you lack concentration on the road, you should pull over immediately.  

4. Pointers for Road Safety  

A family inside a car during a road trip
  • Vehicle Emergency Kit – Blanket, first aid kit, spare tire, small tools, flares, water, flashlight, or matches.   
  • Research the destination before the journey.  
  • Bring energy bars and snacks.  
  • Do not over-pack. Travel lightly.  
  • Avoid alcohol during travel.  
  • Abide traffic rules and laws.

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You’ll have a leg-up on your holiday road trip with these simple tips. If you have any vehicle maintenance needs, we encourage you to contact our dealership at Matador Motors in Lubbock, TX.