Safety Tips Before a Long Drive
Published: August 19, 2014 | Updated: July 3, 2020 | Posted by: Moneymax | Lifestyle
Everyday, we see all kinds of vehicular accidents reported in the news. But even though it’s still deemed a theory, the thought of any road accident is never a favorable situation to be in. It’s definitely nothing short of a nightmare and will eat up a lot of time and resources.
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There’s only so much we can do to protect ourselves. Not riding any form of transportation or being in a long trip in our lifetime is close to impossible. While there are some things that are beyond our control, there are also some things we can do something about.
Here are basic reminders for you before leaving for a long drive:
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Check your medical condition.
Before any kind of travel, make sure you’re in your best medical condition. This is important because any slight mishap or sudden moves of other cars may shock you. Also, in case of an emergency, you have to be able to think and act fast. Being healthy is imperative, and all your senses must be in their best conditions.
Check your car’s condition.
Always make it a habit to have your car checked on a regular basis. Much more if you’re going for a long drive since you’re prone to more danger, statistically.
Remember BLOWFATCH or:
B– Battery, Breaks, Belts
L – Lights, Leaks, License
O – Oil
W – Water, Wipers
F – Fuel, Fluids
A – Accessories
T – Tires, Tools
C – Car Documents, Cleanliness
H – Hose, Horn
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Dress in your most comfortable clothes.
By being comfortably dressed, you have more room to move while driving. And should the situation call for it, you can physically react much quicker and increase your chances of saving yourself and even others if ever.
Be ready with basic necessities.
Prepare for the essentials and pack your car logistics such as water and fuel. Make sure you are aware of gasoline stations along your way just in case you’ll need some air and water – and of course, rest. Keep an emergency kit and stock up on food, safe drinking water, med kits and basic mechanical tools.
Don’t drink and drive.
First of all, it is not allowed and most of the time, long drives are planned and expected. Any excuse of drunk-driving is not valid. Being drunk while driving has a different, more potent effect on your senses. It’s perfectly wise to be on your sober state so that you will be able to make the best decisions quickly.
Get car insurance.
Peace of mind – that’s what you get when you have your car covered. Peace of mind from stress and financial fund. Since accidents are inevitable and no matter how safe you drive, the next car near you could harm you in any way. You simply never know.
What’s your routine when you’re going for a long drive? Share with us and have a safe trip!
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