If you’re planning to take a long road trip, you need to plan in advance. We’re not just talking about packing, long drives can really take it out of you and it may be dangerous if you are not prepared for it. That’s why we came up with a few tips to keep you safe on the road.
- 1) Get the rest you need beforehand
Make sure you get at least seven hours of sleep for two nights in a row before you head out on the road. This way you are unlikely to get drowsy while out on the road. Also it is recommended that you avoid driving between 1 and 3 p.m., this is when most people get naturally drowsy. If your trip is especially long, make sure to take rest stops every two hours and to find places to stay at overnight.
- 2) Fuel of the car before or at the start of your trip
Make sure to fuel up the car at the beginning of your trip. This will allow you to not have to worry about finding places to stop or leave you without fuel in an area you are not familiar with. It is also recommended that you check to make sure your car is up to date on its maintenance so you can ensure that it will survive the trip.
- 3) Keep hydrated during your trip
Make sure to keep the water supply well-stocked for maximum energy. This allows you to stay healthy and refreshed during your trip. Of course the downside is that it means you will need to go to the bathroom more often. However, if you plan it right, you can place your rest stops around the 2 hour mark.
- 4) Get to know the route ahead of time
All of us have had a trip where we needed to go to the bathroom only to be frustrated with how far you were from the nearest stop. Make sure you know where you need to go and stop ahead of time so that you won’t spend most of your trip trying to search for places to eat and rest. You should also check out the latest traffic and weather reports in order to prepare for the worst and plan out the best routes to get to your destination.
- 5) Chew gum to stay alert
This repetitive process helps to increase circulation and alertness. Both sugar and sugarless work just as well because it’s not the sugar that is keeping you awake. If possible, you should try to get gum that is mint flavored because it is known to help you feel refreshed and keeps your mind alert.