As families begin embarking on summer road trips through America’s winding roads, Granite State residents can take extra precautions to make sure their trip goes smoothly. Whether you are traveling to the beach, lakes or mountains, The Insurance Center would like to share some safety tips to help you on your next expedition.

“While it may appear easy to do, taking the wheel of a long trip can be especially tough on individuals who have never experienced cross country road trips,” said Robert J. Sammon, president of The Insurance Center. “Even for the experienced drivers in the family, road trips can be taxing for them if they are not prepared.”

Travel experts typically suggest that getting enough sleep is one of the most important things motorists can do in preparation for a long trip. According to a story in USA Today, driving while drowsy is just as dangerous as driving while intoxicated.

While getting extra sleep is one way to solve that dilemma, another way is to take turns driving with another passenger. Sammon says splitting the responsibility of driving between two passengers could reduce the odds of being involved in an auto accident because it will give motorists time to rest.

“Whether it is getting a good night’s rest or having access to high energy snacks, the message is that staying alert is the most important factor in having a safe trip,” Sammon said.

To help families have a safe and memorable vacation, we have a number of suggestions that you should keep in mind.

  • Get enough sleep
  • Take turns at the wheel
  • Bring plenty of high energy snacks
  • Set the GPS to its highest sound setting
  • Take a break at rest stops
  • Have an emergency car kit ready
  • Take a real map (in case the GPS runs out of power)
  • Check with your insurance company about your coverage

With more time on the road, motorists are inadvertently increasing their chances of an automobile accident. Policy holders should call their insurance company to make sure they are fully protected in the event of an accident and to learn if they are enrolled in products such as roadside assistance. Committed to protecting families from financial risks, The Insurance Center encourages you to give us a call at one of our locations.