Are we THERE yet? Family Wise Road Trip TipsBy Home Security Source Aug 17, 2010 | 10:55:00 amPosted in: Family, Travel
Many families brave a road trip every few years. Confinement in a car with your family doesn’t have to be a stressful ordeal. Preparation makes all the difference. Here are some tips to make the journey just as enjoyable as the destination.
Safety should be your top priority when embarking on a road trip. Prepare your vehicle. The day before, check the tires for air and the overall condition of the car, the gasoline, brakes, accelerators, mirror and so on. Being stranded due to a flat tire can dampen everyone’s spirit. Also, check the car safety devices installed in the car. Make sure your road assistance plan is up to date.
Don’t forget to double check that all child seats are properly secured. 70 percent of car seats are not installed correctly. Pack a first aid kit, cell phone and charger. This way you can be prepared for the little scratches, or the huge disasters. Get plenty of sleep the night before. Sleep depravation makes for frazzled nerves and unsafe driving.
Make a plan. Check the route for accidents and detours that could potentially slow you down. Try to book overnight accommodations in advance. Standing in front of a flashing ‘no vacancy sign’ after long day on the road is no fun.
Before you leave, arrange for the post office to hold your mail. When newspapers and mail pile up on the front porch, it’s a red flag that no one is home, and it’s a prime target for thieves. Set timers for your lights. Lock all doors and windows and don’t forget to activate your home security system.
Finally, try to be as low-key as possible when you’re leaving the house. Pack in your garage instead of your driveway. Don’t make a big show of leaving.
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