A road trip is a time to relax and have fun. Forget about the stress and the hassle and focus on the people and the scenery. After all, it’s one of those once-in-a-lifetime experiences which may never come around again. Be at one with the car, my friend.
This sounds like amazing advice, right? There’s no doubt you’ll have the greatest time ever. Well, until you don’t. The problem with lacking focus is that you miss potential danger signs. No one is calling you a terrible driver, but everyone has bad habits behind the wheel.
Below is a selection of the ones people commit while on a road trip.
Putting Off A Claim
You’re driving along minding your own business when there is a crash. Damn it. The vacation is ruined folks. It’s time to pack up and go home. Actually, plenty of families continue on their merry way because they don’t get to go on holiday often. There is nothing wrong with this as long as you’re fit and healthy to drive. Oh, and don’t forget to take care of the admin too. The more details the lawyer has or the insurance has, the better it is for the claim. Please don’t wait weeks to file because it reduces the chances of securing compensation.
Seat Belt Behind The Back
The way it works is simple. Wearing a safety belt for extended periods is uncomfortable. So, somewhere along the journey, the strap will go through your shoulder and behind the back. Ah, much better. And, you’re still technically wearing it so it isn’t illegal. Whether that is true isn’t the point. The point is three-fold because that is how modern belts work. They distribute the weight on impact to for your safety. By wearing it around your back, you’re essentially dismantling the most effective safety feature in the car. When driving is uncomfortable, pull over and take a rest.
Snack And Drive
Cruising thousands of miles with the kids in the backseat is hungry business. Don’t worry because there are millions of burger joints along the way. This post has no idea where you plan to go, but the last statement is still true. To save time, the drive-thru is an excellent choice. You’ll unwrap the foil and sip the drink while your foot is on the gas. Please don’t as it will impair your focus. It’s incredible how many crashes happen because a motorist is trying to undo a straw. Either eat inside or get a passenger to do the heavy lifting.
Yes, you know you are exhausted but time is of the essence. A couple more miles and you’ll be in front. Never mind the fact that you’re almost falling asleep; there’s no reason to fall behind schedule. On paper, it seems like the silliest logic in the world. Behind the wheel, it makes sense because it feels as if you can fight drowsiness and win. There are no ifs or buts – pull over right away and find a place to stay.
What are your bad habits on the road?