We all love road trips. As the most affordable form of transport during the holidays, road trips make the best option for families. All you need is your family car, some snacks, holiday sporting items, toys for the kids, and accommodation or camping arrangements.
While traveling on the road, your safety should take priority over all conveniences. Your family is a vital unit, and you should do all you can to make sure that you arrive safely. Traveling at night, especially, is considered risky in most parts of the world. You need to drive carefully and stay sober all through the ride.
These five safety tips will help you to protect your family when traveling through the night.
1. Service Your Car
Long rides can be tiresome and tedious. You are not the only one experiencing the hurdles of night travel. Your car can also develop mechanical breakdowns, especially when the rides are bumpy and long. This is why manufacturers recommend that you take your motorcar for a checkup and maintenance after a few days or a given driving range.
To avoid possible problems on the road, you should take the car for maintenance before the night you intend to travel with your family. If possible, find a deep cleaning service for your vehicle. Everything should ensure that you remove all old and overused parts and lubricants and replace them with new ones.
Deep cleaning removes all the dirt that builds up over time in hidden places that cause overheating when driving. Your ride will be smoother, quiet, and peaceful when you fully service the vehicle before leaving.
2. Use Dim Interior Lights
Traveling at night is different from the day. The road outside is dark, except for centers or places with street lights and when another car approaches you. The car headlamps and roof rack flood light should illuminate the road for you. However, inside the vehicle should remain dark. If you have to use lights, make sure that they are of low contrast.
Bright lights on your dashboard or rearview mirror will make it hard for you to adjust to the lighting condition on the road. Straining your eyes will cause you to get tired quickly and find it hard to continue driving. You should avoid looking directly at the glaring light from approaching vehicles.
3. Take Enough Sleep and Rest Before the Journey
Emotions, stress, and sleep are enemies of driving on the road. When taking a long road trip, you should make sure that you are sober. Try to sleep as much as possible before the trip. Also, since you intend to drive at night, you should spend enough time sleeping during the day to stay alert longer at night.
To withstand long driving at night, you should also eliminate stress and control your emotions. Whatever you encountered in the day or a few days ago should not affect your driving. Whether you had a demeaning experience or are celebrating something, keep everything low-key to avoid sapping your energy. If you need to play music, turn it to low volume.
4. Avoid Speeding
You might have been taught about speed when taking your driving classes. You might also have learned a lot about speed limits in your region and on the road signs. But how fast or slow should you drive at night? At night, your vision is limited to the area covered by your headlights.
If you drive too fast, you will less likely manage to control the vehicle if something jumps onto the road abruptly. Also, since you cannot see clearly at night, blind spots can be broader, and you might not notice who is on the side of the road or trying to cross near you as you try to turn. Slow speed will help you to prevent most accidents that occur at night. In case you have a very long journey, you may want to plan and do it in more than one night so that your family arrives safely.
5. Eat Responsibly
Most of us are tired of hearing every “health specialist” and advisor telling us to eat little food because of adding up weight. Well, we are not talking about your health or eating habits here. We only want to address what you eat before the night journey.
As the driver, you want to stay sober and alert during the journey to make it to your destination safely. When eating before or during the trip, reduce carbs intake. Lots of carbohydrates can make you sluggish since the body wants to rest and break down the food. You may also feel uneasy and experience bloating when eating energy-full foods.
Overnight travel can be tedious, tiring, and dangerous. You are responsible for yourself and the lives of your family. When traveling, you should ensure that all of you stay safe on the road and arrive safely. Early preparations will help you all to enjoy the trip as much as you maintain road safety.