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Cross-Country Road Trip Safety You Need to Prepare For

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Driving across the country can be an exciting adventure filled with lots of fun things to see along the way. Of course, you still want to make sure safety is on your mind. It’s a long drive, so make sure you’re aware of any hazards you might encounter along the way.

Take Breaks

Driving for hours and hours on end can really take a toll on your body in a variety of ways. It’s important to take breaks every once in a while. Of course, the obvious reason to take breaks is if you’re tired. Another reason you should take breaks often is to avoid sitting for too long. It might not seem like a big deal, but sitting down for a long time can actually negatively affect your health. You burn fewer calories when sitting and your muscles and bones can weaken over time. The health changes that occur from sitting too long can even lead to problems like obesity, diabetes, and even cancer. Taking breaks to stretch your legs every once in a while, will be very beneficial to you.

Be Cautious around Semis

Anyone who’s driven on the freeway knows that semi-trucks are common and a little intimidating to drive around. Most people do their best to overtake the trucks and move past them. However, you need to know how to do this safely. There can be catastrophic consequences with semi-truck accidents, so make sure you are extra careful. Large trucks have a lot of blind spots including directly in front and behind them as well as on the sides. Knowing where these blind spots are can help you avoid them. Trucks also take longer to brake and slow down, so don’t cut them or brake suddenly. Before moving in front of them, make sure there is plenty of room between you and them. Being more aware can help you stay safe.

Stay Alert

Driving for long stretches of time can make you tired which will in turn impair your driving ability and reaction time. In order to stay safe while driving, you need to stay alert. It might be helpful to bring along a passenger who can talk to you, navigate, or take over driving. Listening to some music or the radio can also help you to stay awake. You shouldn’t begin driving if you are already tired. Make sure you get plenty of sleep the night before you begin traveling.

It can be a lot of fun to road trip cross-country. To make the most of your trip, be aware of any risks or hazards along the way. Doing so will help you know what to do to stay safe throughout your trip.

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