Car Safety and Long Distance Driving

When you are planning a trip, many factors come into play concerning transportation. Cost is usually the first consideration: What is the cheapest way to get everyone there? If it’s a close trip, many people drive instead of taking a train, bus, or plane. Long-distance driving can be hazardous, however, and it may pay to consider possible dangers before deciding on driving.

People’s awareness, stamina, and reflexes all differ, so there is no distance or duration that is safe for everyone to drive in one day. For some, 400 miles is too much, whereas others may be able to stay alert and fresh for 600 miles. Frequent stops should be planned and added on to the estimated driving time to keep drivers in top condition. Falling asleep at the wheel is frightfully common, and trying to drive too far in one day is simply a bad idea. Even if you have multiple drivers, they will become drowsy just sitting in the car. Trips of more than 12 hours inevitably involve some night driving, which is less safe than driving during the day. It is best to plan your trip accordingly and only drive for an amount of time you can manage. If the trip is too long, break it up into multiple days or consider flying.

If you find yourself nodding off at the wheel, it is imperative to stop and refresh. The best way to do this is to stop at a rest stop and take a quick nap. Even a 20-minute nap can boost your alertness. Talking to passengers, having a snack, or drinking a caffeinated beverage can give you a short energy burst. Once driving fatigue sets in, the only flawless solution is to stop and rest.

Many kinds of vehicle insurance consider falling asleep at the wheel an at-fault accident. In essence, you broke the rules of the road because you were asleep. Depending on the state, insurance payouts might be lower and premiums on your vehicle insurance will surely rise. In addition, insurance companies can add a surcharge to your bill. Of course the largest penalty can be the death of a loved one, a stranger, or even yourself.

SHORTCUTS TO CAR SAFETY ARTICLES:

Car Safety And Long Distance Driving
Car Safety And Nighttime Driving
Car Safety And Responsibility For An Accident
Car Safety And Transporting Infants And Children
Car Safety Tips And Highway Driving
Car Safety Tips: Don’t Drink and Drive
Car Safety: Avoiding Drunk Drivers
Car Safety: Distracted Driving Statistics
Car Safety: The Distractions Faced
Car Safety: The Results of Distracted Driving
Music Guidelines to Remain Focused On Driving
Grooming in the Car
Eating and Drinking in the Car
The Distraction of Cell Phones
Car Safety: Defensive Driving
Special Concerns While Driving: Older Drivers
Car Safety: Tailgating
Car Safety: Lane Changing Etiquette
Car Safety: Running Red Lights
Car Safety: Pedestrians and Bicyclists
Car Safety: Road Rage
Be Wary of Playing “The Good Samaritan”
Car Safety: Weather Concerns
Flooding and Snow Concerns While Driving
Practice Safe Driving Habits
Miscellaneous Car Safety Tips