Especially when you’re traveling long distances by vehicle, staying safe absolutely needs to be a top priority. Even though you might want to do things like stay on a budget, travel quickly, or entertain yourself while you’re driving, if you don’t override all of those things with a sense of safety, then the consequences could potentially be extremely severe.
Staying safe on the road means watching out for trucks, taking frequent breaks as you need them, preferring defensive to aggressive driving, and making sure that you don’t have any distractions in the car that can keep you from focusing on your task at hand.
Watch Out for Trucks
Particularly if you’re driving on highways and expressways, one of the most significant dangers is going to be trucks on the road. Long-haul truckers can be excellent drivers, but when they have large loads, have been on the drive for a long time, or are driving in bad weather, the risk definitely increases. And you know that handling the consequences of trucking accidents can be a life-changing event. With safety as a priority, give special attention to trucks on the road.
Take Frequent Breaks
One of the worst things that you can do on a long trip is trying to drive for too long all at the same time. You lose focus, you start to get highway hypnosis, and the quality of your judgment while driving goes down dramatically after a certain point. Make sure you split up your journey into reasonable chunks of time, and if you start feeling drowsy on the road, pull over. Nothing is worth you getting to your destination sooner if you’re unsafe while you’re doing it.
Err on the Side of Defensive Driving
For as much time as they spend in drivers training telling people to drive defensively, it’s amazing how many people don’t take this advice to heart. But, if you plan on traveling a long distance, the more defensive you are, the better. Other people may not be paying attention. They might be sleepy. They might be distracted. They might have mechanical failures in their vehicles. And that means if they drive erratically or use poor judgment, it’s up to you to avoid them.
Don’t Bring Distractions With You
The final piece of advice for staying safe on the road would be that you don’t need to bring distractions with you. As the driver, you don’t need your cell phone. You don’t need to be flipping through music. You don’t need to have a book you’re reading. Your entire purpose should be driving. It’s not a big deal to have songs playing on the radio, but the distraction of choosing what to pick next has gotten a lot of people in a lot of accidents. Whatever you bring to entertain yourself, make sure that it does not distract you from watching the road.