Summer Road Trip Safety For North Carolina Drivers

It’s officially summer in North Carolina – and with summer comes fun-filled family road trips across the state and beyond. However, it is important to remember that long-distance trips in the car come with new and different dangers on NC highways and interstates. Here are a few tips on how to stay safe and prevent car accidents during your summer road trip:

•    Don’t plan on driving more than eight hours per day. Driving takes a lot of concentration and a lot of energy – don’t risk the danger of driving when you are fatigued, suffering from “road hypnosis,” or falling asleep at the wheel.
•    Take a break every 100 miles or every two hours. Driving can be physically and mentally exhausted, so be sure to stop every two hours or so to stretch your legs, get a cup of coffee, take a bathroom break, eat a snack, and rest your eyes. Taking a short nap can considerably help your fatigue.
•    Bring your car in for a checkup. Making sure that your car is in good working order before a long trip can save you a headache on the road and keep your family safer while driving. Get your oil check, your tires checked, and other maintenance done before hitting the road.
•    Don’t rush. Getting to your destination faster isn’t worth putting the health and safety of your family on the line. Drive the speed limit, obey traffic rules, and avoid tailgating.
•    Carry a first aid kit. Have a simple bag of bandages and other medical supplies in your car – along with an extra can of gas, and roadside flares. Be prepared for car accidents and other issues.
•    Beware of distracted driving. Distracted driving is one of the top causes of car accidents in North Carolina. Don’t look at a map while driving or get caught up in what’s happening in the car – keep your eyes on the road.