How to Throw Safety into the Family Car Adventure Mix

How to Throw Safety into the Family Car Adventure Mix

Sun, 01 Mar 2020 08:00:00 GMT

An exciting family car adventure can turn into a disaster unless you think about safety beforehand.
While you are probably busy planning the route, worrying about packing diapers and bikes into a small van or struggling to take an extra day off work, basic safety shouldn’t be put on the backburner.  
Perform Basic Vehicle Checks
Whether you have a brand new top-notch SUV or a 10-year-old sedan, you must run the following checks:

  • Measure tire pressure
  • Inspect wiper blades
  • Check fluid levels

How many of us really do that before each trip? Meanwhile, a 10-minute check can save you hours waiting for rescue at the side of the road, dealing with frustrated family members.

Install Car Seats for Younger Children
Car seats for kids are necessary in many states. Check the law to find out if you need to install them, especially if your adventure involves interstate travel. When choosing a restraint system for your child, consider reviewing crash safety test ratings.

Be Ready for an Emergency
This is especially important for your winter family car adventures. If an unexpected breakdown occurs, you may be stuck in the cold for hours. Here are a few things to take with you.

  • Battery pack (or at least jumper cables)
  • Ice scraper and shovel
  • Flashlight
  • Pocket knife (please check if storing a knife in the car is legal in your state)
  • Camping blankets
  • Snacks
  • Power bank for your smartphone

Give a Dangerous Driver the Right of Way
When you are out on a family car adventure, you don’t want anything to ruin the experience. Meanwhile, an aggressive driver can do just that and much worse. Make it a rule to give dangerous drivers the right of way, even if they are erratic, unfair, and downright rude.

Don’t try to prove anything to someone, who doesn’t obey road rules. Just keep your distance and your sanity.  

Avoid Driving at Night
Many people prefer night driving since it seems to save time while being easier on the kids. Meanwhile, driving at night is often dangerous because the night vision gets worse as we age.

It’s always better to come up with fun activities for the children and take an extra day off work rather than fall asleep behind the wheel.

Contact us for more information and enjoy a safe family car adventure!