Driving is a great way to get to know a country. It is also an amazing way to bond with friends and to see and experience much more than you would if you just flew from destination to destination.
A road trip also gives you the freedom to create your own schedules and most importantly to modify them as you wish.
However, when doing this you need to be more careful than normal than you would if you didn’t have the responsibility to drive. Here are a few things to keep in mind that will allow you to stay safe while on a road trip. I’m sure you don’t want to be another one of those tourists that get into California car accidents.
Avoid Car Accidents While on a US Road Trip
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Every country has different rules and laws about driving, parking, and other details. Some countries like the US are so big that these laws can be different in every city or state. What might be ok in one might not be in another. One small change in the rules can be dangerous and cause accidents.
Even if you already live in the US and want to go out on a road trip adventure, you don’t want to skip this step. As mentioned above, rules can be different in different states.
Take it easy in traffic and allow stressed drivers to run red lights
You are on vacation so don’t fall into the trap of caving to the stress of driving in traffic. You have all the time in the world.
Doing things like being patient at intersections and not trying to screw the guy trying to cut you off significantly lowers your risk of getting into an accident. It might be hard to stay relaxed while suffering due to some other driver’s negligence but those extra seconds that you will spend tolerating them will keep you safe and away from accidents.
Don’t go on long drives during the night hours
You will be tempted to spend all day exploring and enjoying and then to take advantage of the night hours to drive. It sounds like a fun idea. It is also a good way to avoid traffic. But it isn’t the safest.
Driving at night makes it easier for you to experience bad weather or for animals to be in the middle of the road ad a time when you are tired and with bad visibility.
Bonus: Make sure you have good travel insurance for you and the car. Just in case something bad happens. It is always a good thing to have.