2021 is touted as the year of road trips
with more Americans shifting their priorities and turning to land travel attracted by its safety, practicality, and cost-effectiveness.
Worldwide, people are carefully planning their trip focusing as well on safety and flexibility plus intense local experiences.
There’s also another motivating reason why planning your road trip is even more important – to reduce traffic accidents and risks.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), roughly 20-50 million people go through non-fatal injuries due to road accidents. Reducing the risks and even preventing traffic crashes can also improve
Forward planning is an essential component of any trip for your safety, health, and well-being. It also saves time.
One way to do this is to create a detailed itinerary of where you want to go. Include dates, estimated times of departure and arrival, pit stops, costs, and accommodation or parking for those driving with recreational vehicles (RVs).
Without a plan when you hit the road, you may be stressed not knowing where to go, which roads to take, and no warning of what the conditions might be like resulting to accidents and injuries.
According to experts at FVF Law
, while getting injured in a road crash can be stressful and confusing, it is important to get medical help immediately and establish your personal injury case
to acquire compensation for damages, medical expenses, and future income loss.
Equally, you will need to get your travel insurance in order should the need to cancel further travel plans arises.
The bottom line is, preparing a detailed itinerary is essential so that you have a clear plan of where to go. You can also see in your plan whether you are driving too long.
Planning for an alternate driver makes sense on top of regular breaks. Fatigue is a major cause of crashes with drivers losing their concentration due to tiredness.
In addition, being unsure of the way is a distraction taking your attention away from the road.
Other causes include inclement weather making it necessary to check the road conditions and alerts of your destination before leaving.
Identifying Potential Hazards
Further to preparing a detailed itinerary, it is also critical to identify the potential hazards in chosen destinations.
For example, if you’re driving to a national park, you might have to drive off road or go on unpaved/unmarked surfaces requiring that you must have a good and reliable vehicle.
An all-wheel drive vehicle is a good choice and a ride with a sunroof is convenient so that you can see or photograph wildlife without getting out of the car.
Moreover, when seeking accommodation, hygiene and sanitation might become an issue posing some risks to travelers.
If you’re going to remote locations, be sure to read travel warnings and observe stringent precautions to avoid illnesses that will ruin your vacation.
Behavior also plays an important role
. For example, wearing long sleeves and pants and treating clothing can prevent tick bites. Never drink water from a stream, falls, or any other natural source without purifying it first as doing so might result in waterborne diseases.
Going on a road trip is fun and exciting. However, to avoid massive problems caused by accidents or health issues, preparing a detailed travel plan and identifying possible hazards can help you reduce the risks of injuries or illness that could ruin your enjoyment of the trip.