Looking forward to the first long weekend of summer 2017? Victoria Day is right around the corner and with that (for many) comes the dreaded long weekend road trip – we have you covered with our must-read tips for safe long weekend driving.
The long weekend is almost here and for a lot of us, it means we are packing up the car and going away to enjoy that extra day off from work. Here are some tips to help make your road trip a successful one!
TIP 1 | Make a Playlist
Take some time to make a road trip playlist filled with fun and upbeat songs. Singing to music helps to pass the time, especially if you are stuck in traffic.
TIP 2 | Be Well Rested Before You Take the Wheel
If you are the driver for the road trip adventure, make sure you are well rested before you leave. It’s also important to stop for breaks. According to the Canadian Council of Motor Transportation Administrators, sleep deprivation is responsible for up to 21 percent of motor vehicle collisions, causing 400 deaths and 2,100 serious injuries every year. Avoid becoming part of this statistic by knowing when you are too tired to keep driving.
TIP 3 | Avoid Traffic
Avoiding traffic seems impossible on a long weekend! But if you take the back road or leave during a less busy time, you may avoid being stuck in the sea of cars.
TIP 4 | Secure Your Equipment
Make sure that whatever you are carrying on the roof of your car is securely attached. Not securing everything properly is a very dangerous mistake that would not only damage your equipment, but it could cause accidents.
TIP 5 | Be Prepared for an Emergency
Nothing is worse than being stuck in the middle of nowhere when all of a sudden your car breaks down. Accidents can also happen. It’s important to be ready for any emergency situation: keep a first aid kit in your car; make sure your cell phone is charged in case you have to call for help and make sure you pack your charger; pack warm clothes in case you have to spend the night in your car while waiting for help and; always keep extra water and food in the car.