Spring break is nearly here, and students from across the nation are packing up and heading out for a week of fun in the sun. But as timeless as spring break festivities are, it doesn’t make them any less dangerous for those taking unfamiliar roads. So, if you’re currently planning your annual road trip, make sure you’re also aware of how to stay safe on the road during spring break.

Don’t Drive After Dark

Though many individuals like to leave for their trips later in the day to avoid traffic, driving through the night comes with its own set of dangers. Driving at night severely cuts a driver’s visibility. Even with bright headlights, there’s still a lot that can be missed around the vehicle. So, if you aren’t careful, you could easily miss a detail that could, moments later, cause an accident. Driving in the darkness also increases your body’s production of melatonin, making you feel sleepy sooner and increasing your driving fatigue.

Stay Alert and Focused

Even if you aren’t driving at night, it’s to become distracted while driving. Like low visibility, this can hinder your ability to react to hazards and greatly increases the likelihood of an accident. As such, it’s crucial that you take extra precautions to avoid the most common driving distractions to keep yourself—and your passengers—safe. Some particularly dangerous distractions to be aware of include using your cell phone, daydreaming while driving, and enthusiastic conversations with your passengers.

Be Aware of Your Car’s Condition

Taking your car out for an extended drive without knowing its current condition is a recipe for disaster. In fact, it’s recommended that you give your vehicle a full tune-up before you even begin packing. Tasks such as changing the oil, inflating the tires, and checking the engine are key to ensuring your car will last through the trip’s rigors.

Be Prepared for Anything

Whether it’s sudden, heavy weather conditions or an unexpected road closure, you need to be prepared for whatever the road could throw your way. It’s because of these last-minute conditions that you should try to plan your route ahead of time and research the road conditions of where you’ll be driving. Though this won’t entirely eliminate surprises from your drive, it’ll keep you informed and help you adapt to unforeseen situations.

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