Your Annual Summer Road Trip: What Could Possibly Go Wrong?
Ah, your annual summer road trip. Get ready for fun and adventure, sunshine and fresh air, friend and family bonding, and breathtaking sights galore.
As we have said before on this site, taking a road trip is always a good idea! However…
A summer road trip could lead you on the road to a potential disaster. Why? Well, consider the following as a few notable examples.
You could get lost
There’s no harm in taking the roads less-traveled on your summer trip, because who knows what incredible sight you might find around the next corner. However, if you go too far out of your way, you might struggle to get back onto the roads you should be traveling on, and that will cost you in fuel and emotional stress.
Tip: To reduce the chances of this happening to you, purchase a sat-nav if you don’t already have one built into your car, or download a navigation app on your phone. Hint: if going for the latter, ensure you have something that works without a phone signal just in case you’re in a non-reception area, and don’t forget to keep your phone fully charged during your trip!
You could get into an accident
You won’t be the only one on the roads this summer. There will be hundreds of other drivers out there on the roads, with car and campervan drivers enjoying their vacation time, motorcyclists enjoying the thrill of the open road, and truck drivers traveling from A to B to provide supplies to businesses trying to make a profit during the tourist season. And because of the increased traffic, you could end up in an accident, especially if you or other drivers become drowsy in the summer heat.
Tip: This is one reason why taking the roads less-traveled is a good idea, as, in theory, there should be less traffic to contend with. Still, to reduce the chances of an accident, you need to be mindful of your driving behavior on the roads. Drive sensibly, and if you start to feel tired, take a break as soon as you are able. And if the unthinkable happens and you do get into an accident, be sure to have the phone numbers ready for car, bike, or semi truck accident lawyers with relevant experience. You might want to have your insurance company on speed dial as well!
Your car could break down
During the summer, the chances of your car breaking down are possibly higher than normal. The hot surfaces of the road can cause your tires to blow, and the rising temperatures could cause your engine to overheat. You might even run out of fuel if you haven’t had the opportunity to find a gas station. Needless to say, a breakdown will literally and metaphorically bring your road trip plans to a standstill.
Tip: Get your car serviced before you go, fit your car with summer tires, and add engine coolant to your coolant reservoir. Check your oil and water levels too, and fill them up as necessary. And then download a fuel app to help you find the nearest gas stations when you’re out on the road. Oh, and don’t forget to sign up with a breakdown recovery service, just in case!
We hope you have a wonderful time on the roads this summer, but be sure to follow our suggestions for a safer and more enjoyable trip. Let us know what you think, and if you have any other suggestions for our road-trippin’ readers, be sure to share your wisdom with us!