Safety when traveling on the road

Traveling tips

Safety when traveling on the road

Traveling tips and recommendations that will help you plan and enjoy a safe, pleasant trip and return home.

If you plan to travel by road, be aware and be responsible for the handling and safety of the car. These recommendations will help you plan and enjoy a safe, pleasant trip home.

Plan The Trip In Advance

Traveling on the road

This means taking into account the route to use, getting the maps you will need, and having information on hands such as the number of tolls, the location of service stations, detours and variants, the risk sites, the hotels, the state of the road and the public order situation in the areas through which you are going to travel.

Check The Conditions Of The Vehicle

Carry out preventive maintenance on the vehicle days before leaving for the trip: -synchronization, alignment, balancing, revision of filters, belts- which are the ones that present the most faults- tires (including the spare), engine cooling system, lights, mirrors, defrosters, windshield, and check and test brakes.

Check The Passive Safety Systems

Check the good condition and operation of your airbags, seat belts, head restraints, and bodywork in general. Many cars with defective chassis and body repairs do not offer guarantees of passenger safety in the event of an accident. That is why it is important to have the vehicle fully inspected before traveling.

Please note that the effectiveness of safety restraints is reduced in high-speed collisions. The severity of an accident increases exponentially with the speed of the vehicle at the moment of impact. The risk of serious injury to a passenger, despite wearing a seat belt, is three times greater at 50 kph than at 30 kph. At 65 kph the risk is five times that of a collision at 30 kph.

Check The Emergency Equipment

Check that your road kit is not only complete but in good condition: (cleats, triangles, jack, first aid kit, fire extinguisher with current charge, flashlight, etc.).

Prepare For The Unforeseen

Make a list of contingencies to load, carry or include in your luggage the things necessary to face them: anti-sickness medications, bags, towels, umbrellas, etc. Include in your cell phone the emergency numbers of road insurance policies, health services, road police, family members, or friends able to help you.

Drive-In Good Conditions

Try to complete driving hours -preferably during the day-, no longer than eight or ten hours. Study the possibility of having an experienced co-driver to do relays on the road, who does not fall asleep, but remains vigilant and alert. Take active breaks during your driving hours every two hours or 200 km. When you arrive at a rest stop, try not to sit down again. Take the opportunity to hydrate yourself, stretch your muscles, and do some movements that revive you and recover your ability to concentrate and react.

Take Care Of Your Sleep

When planning your trip, think about not disrupting your biological sleep cycle. Try not to get up so early to start the trip and arrive the same day at a very distant destination. Eat your meals at the usual times, so the body maintains its balance and energy. Do not exaggerate food intake, if you do and start the trip again, the body will decrease its ability to react.

Avoid stimuli that alter the nervous system, such as excessive volume of music, nicotine, caffeine, much less alcohol. Avoid arguments with your companions during the journey (that’s why it’s important to plan and not forget anything important at home).

Organize Roles

Distribute the roles of the trip among your passengers to avoid stress for the driver. For example, assign the co-pilot to handle the radio, maps, and cell phone. If you travel with children, try to have an adult accompany them to control them and make their day easier. Set rules of behavior before hitting the road.

The Most Important Thing

Remember that the most efficient security device is oneself; no matter how safe a vehicle is, there is no better way to prevent accidents than to drive safely and obey traffic laws.


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