While a huge number of people take to the roads on a daily basis, the majority of us only use our cars for short journeys. Whether this is the commute to work, or a trip to the local mall. But every now and again, we are bound to face a longer drive. Whether we are visiting a friend or family member who happens to live a significant distance away, need to attend an interview, meeting, or conference for work, or are taking a holiday on the coast – there are various reasons that we may find ourselves facing a fair few hours behind the wheel. Now, this should be fine. As long as you are a competent driver, you will be able to navigate the roads easily. But it’s important to bear in mind that there are a few different steps that you will need to take when preparing yourself for a long-distance trip to those you are used to taking for short distance trips. Here are a few for you to consider.
Check your vehicle
We don’t tend to conduct extensive checks of our vehicle if we are simply driving a few blocks down the road to our friend’s house. But if you are going to be driving for extended periods of time at once, you need to make sure that your vehicle is definitely up to scratch, as long drives result in more wear and tear on your vehicle. Make sure that your fuel levels are topped up, that your tyre pressure is optimum, and that there aren’t any warning signals lighting up on your dashboard.
Have relevant contacts saved in your phone
While you shouldn’t use your phone while you are driving, there are some contacts that you should have saved should you need to pull over and contact them. The first should be breakdown cover. Breakdown cover will provide you with roadside assistance should you start experiencing problems with your vehicle during your trip. The next should be your insurance provider. If you happen to have a collision, or be involved in an incident on the roads, you will need to contact your insurance provider shortly after to report the damage. You should also keep the contact number of a car accident attorney, as they will be able to provide accurate information should you wish to build a case against someone if the accident was not your fault.
Have safety equipment on board
There’s a whole range of safety equipment that you could keep in your vehicle for times of need, but for now, let’s focus on the basics. You should definitely keep some sort of first aid kit stored in your car. This can be put to use if you or another individual is injured on the road. You should also keep a warning triangle, which can be placed behind your vehicle should you break down, to alert other drivers to your vehicle’s static presence.
These are just a few boxes that you should check off your list before taking a long-distance journey on the roads. Hopefully, they will help to keep you safe and sound.