It can be exciting to take a long road trip, especially if you are doing so with your family. However, you need to remember one thing: Danger lurks around every corner.

Millions upon millions of people will hit the road this Labor Day weekend, with somemmmmm traveling hundreds of miles.

If you fit into this group, there are some things you can do to improve your safety:

  • Get enough rest before leaving. You want to feel your best when you get behind the wheel. If you begin to get tired, it’s time to pull over to take a break.
  • Eat before you leave. Not only does this give you the energy you need to travel a long distance, but it will help you avoid the distraction of eating when you are behind the wheel.
  • Inspect your vehicle. Make sure your car is in good working condition. An example of this would be checking your tire pressure before hitting the road.
  • Avoid distractions. There are many distractions that can come into play when driving, from text messages to children in the backseat to the radio. You should avoid these no matter what it takes.

As you do whatever you can to remain safe on a long road trip, you shouldn’t assume that other drivers are taking the same level of caution. It only takes one mistake by one driver to cause a serious accident.

If you are part of a car crash, you’ll want to receive immediate medical attention. You should also call for the police, as a detailed police report will help your cause as you make an insurance claim and seek compensation in the future.

Source: Nationwide, “9 Tips for Long Drives,” accessed Aug. 18, 2017