Summer break is here and many people are headed on road trips all over the country. Driving in new or unfamiliar areas can be a little worrisome, especially in bad weather. Whether you’re with some friends or driving solo, be sure to do the following on your trips this summer to make sure your drive is a safe one.

Don’t drive when you’re tired.

Long drives can be exhausting, and although you want to reach your destination as soon as possible, don’t drive when you’re tired. If you find yourself yawning too much behind the wheel, pull over at a rest area or safe location and close your eyes for a bit. Being tired can result in falling asleep at the wheel or having a slower reaction time.

Don’t drive distracted.

While road trip snacks are a must, having your hands full while driving isn’t safe, and it’s a form of distracted driving. If you need something to eat, keep the food next to you so you don’t have to reach behind you or anywhere far from the steering wheel. In addition, don’t text and drive, and keep your GPS on the dashboard and out of your hands.

Take breaks when you need to.

Stopping the car and stretching for a few minutes can help break up a long drive and avoid highway hypnosis. Your mind also starts to wander after driving for a while, so it’s a good idea to break every two hours to refresh and refocus.

Listen to music to avoid zoning out.

Having some background noise can help keep you awake and alert. It’s always fun to jam out in the car with friends and family, but avoid getting too into the singalong, as you could get distracted and not have time to avoid a collision.

Drive slower when it’s raining.

Perfect weather is what we all hope for on road trips, but it rarely happens. If you’re driving through some rainy days, be sure to drive slower and give more space between you and the car ahead of you. Also, don’t use cruise control and keep calm when hydroplaning or skidding.

 

If you do get into an accident, your insurance should cover you no matter what state the collision is in. As always, make sure to get the other driver’s information for your insurance claim.

Drive safe and have fun on your road trips this summer! In the event of an accident, bring your car to Crossroads Collision for repair. We’ve been in business for over 39 years and will help you with the insurance claim process.