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Safety Tips for Long Drive

Long drives are fun and refreshing. And if you are with your partner or family members or friends, the pleasure of long drives can increase manifold.

However, long drives are not only about getting in the car and hitting the road. It involves much more than that. You need to be well prepared before the drive to ensure you have a smooth, hassle-free, fun, and most importantly a safe drive to your destination.

Here are a few tips you can follow to ensure safety during long drives:

  • Sleep Well
    Long drives can be exhausting and therefore you need to start fresh and energized for the drive. It is important that you get at least 7 hours of sleep for 2 consequitive nights to reserve your energy. Also, avoid driving immediately after lunch as most people are naturally drowsy after an afternoon meal.

  • Eat Light and Healthy
    Instead of having a hearty meal on the driveway, it is recommended to have multiple rounds of smaller, healthy snacks throughout the long drive. Avoid rice and fast foods and eat salads, almonds and vitamin filled food. This will keep you fueled up and avoid drowsiness.

  • Stay hydrated
    The greenhouse effect and the air-conditioning inside the car can soak up the water from your body. Therefore, it is important to drink water at regular intervals to stay hydrated. Stock a good supply of water and juices before starting the drive. This may mean that you need to make more bathroom stops, which can actually give you a break from the monotonous routine of driving on the highway.

  • Take Breaks
    It is tempting to keep on driving so that you can reach your destination faster. However, it is crucial to stop your car every couple of hours so that you can get out, move your body a little, and stretch your legs. Be it mealtime, a tea break of just a selfie break. Breaks are important.

  • Wear seat belt
    Wearing the seat belt at all times is essential, even on roads that are empty. Accidents are always unforeseen and so you should be extra careful. Make sure your loved ones also wear seat belts. Get high quality car seats if you are travelling with babies or toddlers.

  • Play Music
    You don’t really need reasons to play good music during the long drive. But if you do, you must know that music keeps you awake, alert and entertained. Sound keep mind alert, soothes it and prevents you from fatigue and tiredness.

  • Get your car checked before starting
    No road trip should start before you get your car examined at a reliable garage. Technicians will check the tires, air pressure, engine, interiors and more to ensure that nothing is amiss.

  • Don’t ignore car insurance 
    An accident can damage your car in more ways than one and force you to shell out a lot of money from savings if you don’t have insurance. Insurance can also cover damages done to any third party or in case your car gets stolen or vandalized or damaged by natural calamities. You can also opt for add-ons to protect different parts of the car or get on-road assistance in case of sudden breakdowns.

So, keep the above safety tips in mind and enjoy a long drive with complete peace of mind.

The above information is for illustrative purpose only. For more details, please refer to policy wordings and prospectus before concluding the sales.

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