Spring is here and that means people everywhere will be getting out to take advantage of the nice weather. It’s the ideal time of year for camping, motorcycling, rafting, and of course, the great American road trip.
Road trips have been a big part of our national culture ever since the glory days of Route 66. Traveling the highways is a great way to see the wonderful beauty that the US has to offer, and it can be the perfect way to bond with your family.
But like any time spent behind the wheel, there is always the risk of an accident. Fortunately, preventing road trip accidents, and the unpleasant situations that can occur after even a minor fender bender, can be as simple as paying attention while driving, and just in case, making sure you are properly prepared for any situation by keeping a fully stocked emergency kit. Here’s what it should contain:
- First Aid Kit
- Jumper cables
- Insurance papers/emergency phone numbers
- Escape tool such as a hammer
- Fire extinguisher
- Small shovel
- Leatherman or other tool
- Warning light or reflective triangle
- Matches or a lighter
Despite your safety efforts, accidents do occur and you should be prepared. If you are in an accident remain calm and try to control your emotions. Assess your condition and the conditions of those with you, then call 911.