Just thinking about all the things to prepare before a family road trip can be dizzying, but it’s no excuse to neglect safety preparations. With adequate safety preparations, you can enjoy your family road trip to the fullest knowing you can face challenges that may come your way.
Here are some safety tips to give you peace of mind the whole time away on a family road trip.
Prepare Your Ride
First, consider the condition of the car to be taken on this road trip. Unless it’s brand-new, make sure to bring your car in for a tune up. Check the brake pads, window wiper blades, and all the lights. Make sure to top up all the fluids like water, coolant, and windshield cleaning fluid. See if an oil change and battery replacement is due.
Also, consider the season of your road trip. Experts from Armstrong Tire say if not during the peak of winter, you can use all-weather tires. Also, don’t forget to check on the spare tire. If you have infant car seats and booster seats, make sure they’re installed correctly.
Prepare an emergency kit assigned to be kept in the car at all time. Make sure it includes the following: basic first aid kit, emergency medications used by any family member, a flashlight, a power bank to charge your smartphone. Prepare emergency supplies like water and some food as well.
Safety Measures for the Home
Safety preparations don’t only relate to the items to be brought to the road trip. There are many safety measures to prepare for the home that will be left behind to give you peace of mind during your trip. Cancel mail and newspaper delivery to avoid it collecting in your driveway or arrange for someone to pick up your uncollected mail or newspaper. If you have pets, arrange for their care.
Lastly, clear your fridge and pantry of food that may go bad while you’re out. You can also leave a frozen cup of water with a coin on top to tell you if your power has been cut off and came back on while you were out. If the coin is found below the ice, it means your fridge and its contents have thawed and refroze and may not be safe to consume.
With these safety preparations, you can be sure to have peace of mind during your family road trip allowing you to maximize enjoyment and create fun and loving memories.