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Whether you are driving on a short or long-distance road trip, being fully prepared is indispensable. Road trips are fun until something ruins them! This uncertainty is one of the best things about road trips. However, you should be ready to avoid common mistakes during your next road trip and to bring you out of any emergency. 

Preparedness doesn’t only involve your car’s safety and reliability but also includes being prepared for any kind of emergency. You should be ready for anything on your next trip since this preparedness guarantees your safety and ability to have fun throughout your ride, regardless of any possible challenges. To be ready for anything on your next road trip, here are three things to remember.

1. Do your road trip research

A road trip camper's tent and vehicle at the Mojave National Preserve in California
A road trip camper’s tent and vehicle | Andrew Lichtenstein/Corbis via Getty Images

Research is the best way to gather key information before and during your next road trip. Experts at Erie Insurance suggest that doing your research will help you organize and take control of your road trip while giving you flexibility, which is also critical. When doing your research, here are things to focus on:

1. Itinerary – Carefully research the location you want to travel to. Also, check out the most favorable routes and the stopovers along them.

2. Weather – Research the weather conditions on your set date. Pick times that favor your plans to avoid unnecessary distractions.

3. Time – Research the best time to schedule for your trip and the time you will spend throughout the drive.

4. Budget – Make a rough budget for the entire trip. Budget items include:

  • Food
  • Gas
  • Accommodation
  • Vehicle to use (personal or rental)
  • Personal items (gear, sanitary)
  • Parking fees and entry fees (if needed)

Knowing the above will help you plan a successful road trip. Good research not only ensures that you have a fun adventure but also warrants your safety.

2. Check your emergency kit

An emergency kit is essential to safeguard short-term survival in case of an emergency. Every vehicle should always have one, which should be maintained every six months. While planning for your next road trip, check your emergency kit to confirm that it has everything you need in case of an emergency. Sometimes, an emergency could be as harmless as a prolonged stay.

When you are preparing for your next road trip, ensure your emergency kit is packed with the following car accessories:

  • A first-aid kit
  • Mechanical toolkit
  • Jack and spare tire
  • Jumper cables
  • Drinking water and non-perishable snacks
  • Reflective gears
  • Flashlights and batteries
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Cable chargers for your phone

3. Organize your glove box

Yes, it is very important that you organize your glove box before your next road trip. Do this by first clearing everything out from the glove box, cleaning it well, and certifying that key elements in the glove box are up to date before organizing them back in. You can now arrange everything according to your convenience and have easier access.

Items you can include in your glove box for your next road trip include: 
•    Your driving license and copy of your identification document
•    Vehicle’s registration documents
•    Vehicle’s insurance details
•    Medical details such as your blood group
•    Traveling maps
•    Spare keys

In case of anything during your vacation, the documents in your glove box will come in handy in providing crucial information that could guarantee your safety and security. Thus, it’s important that they are all up to date and well organized.

If you consider the above, not only will your next road trip be fun and memorable, but you will also be well prepared in case of any mishap you face. 


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