10 Tips For Keeping Your Family Safe On The Road - Sammy Makes Six

10 Tips For Keeping Your Family Safe On The Road

One of my families favorite summer time pastime is simply getting on the road, whether it be to go to spend the day in Los Angeles, spending the day at the Santa Monica Pier or Venice Beach, touring Hollywood and Beverly Hills. These are some of our favorite activities and each one means over two hours on the road each way. Safety becomes very important any time that you and your family are on the road, especially when you are going to travel the distances that we do. These are my 10 tips for keeping you family safe on the road this summer.

1. Car checkup before getting on the road: Anytime we are headed out for a long trip, AB checks the car and makes sure it's all in working order. 

2. Seat bealts: Always make sure that everyone is wearing their belts at all times while in the car.

3. Take care of any chips on windshields: A chip could turn into a crack at any time, often when you are least expecting it. Windshield repair is often a safe and economical alternative to a full windshield replacement.

4. With many insurance companies, there is no deductible for the repair. 

5. Pay attention to the road: No texting or even talking on cell phone while driving. I know a lot of people talk and drive with no problem, but I find that BF can't seem to do both. When he is on his Bluetooth he usually drives really bad, so we have a rule that he must pull over to take any calls.

6. Limit the horsing around in the car: My girls make a lot of noise and sometimes will try to play really loud music. For the sake of the driver, I have to tell them to settle down a lot and lower all ipods and cell phones. It is important that the driver can concentrate his full attention on the road.

7. Have a spare tire ready to go plus any emergency equipment you may need in case of car failure.

8. Tires: Always check the thread on your tires, this is a really important one. I have had one blow out on the freeway and can tell you how extremely scary the whole thing was.

9. If you are sleepy please stop driving, it's better to pull off in a safe place to take a 15 minute nap and catch your bearings than to keep going when you are tired. A cup of coffee and/or candy bar are also helpful to give you an extra boost of energy.

10. Abide all the traffic rules: Sometimes you want to go faster or maybe you think you can make that yellow light, but a lot of times actions like these can lead to accidents. It's always better to be safe and follow all traffic rules. 

You can't enjoy the road trip if you don't get there in one piece, so for me following tips like these are what make our trips safe. A great part of the experience is the actual voyage there, so keep it safe and keep it fun and you will be sure to create more wonderful memories for your self and your family!

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