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Road trips are as much a part of American life as apple pie and baseball. Millions of people every year take a road trip for vacation or to attend an activity. But road trips can and do go awry, whether it's an accident, car trouble or some other reason. To ensure your road trip doesn't turn into a disaster, you need to be prepared for what can happen. Here are some ways to plan for the worst when going on a road trip.
These days, most people rely on their phones or some other kind of device to give them directions. That's a great convenience, but it doesn't always work. You might be driving through an area where your provider has poor cell service, for example, or you could run out of battery power. That's why it's a good idea to study your destination ahead of time, including how to get there and what landmarks and services are available along the way.
Many horror stories of stranded drivers have a common theme. If you are going on a trip, make sure friends and relatives know where you are headed and have an expectation that you will check in when you get there. That way, if you don't check in, you have someone who will wonder where you are and so they can find you.
Though most accidents happen within 50 miles of home, it's not unusual to get into an accident when you are traveling. Professionals, such as those at Clearfield & Kofsky, know that being unfamiliar with your surroundings is one of the top causes of accidents. One way you can be prepared for accidents is to keep a first-aid kit in your car. That way you can deal with injuries to your own family or to other drivers in the event of a crash.
In addition to a first-aid kit, you also should keep an emergency kit in your car. The kit should include non-perishable food, water, a blanket, road flares, a multipurpose tool, some emergency cash and a backup battery for your cell phone.
It's impossible to be prepared for every emergency you might encounter on the road. But doing some advance planning and following these tips will help make sure you can deal with some of the most common road trip pitfalls.