Safe Driving Tips for Families

safe driving tips for families

Hitting the road with your family in tow is an ideal way to create some fun-filled memories that the kids will never forget. Here are some safe driving tips for families from us here at Plaza Lincoln of Leesburg.

Prevent Fatigue

Getting plenty of sleep the night before a trip is crucial to prevent fatigue. Struggling to stay awake behind the wheel is a recipe for disaster. Pull over or switch drivers whenever necessary.

Monitor Cellphone Use

Different states have different laws that pertain to cellphone use behind the wheel. Most officers won’t accept ignorance as an excuse for talking on the phone while driving. Monitor your cellphone use, as well as the use of anyone taking over driving duties for a few hours. The last thing any driver wants is a ticket for something that could have been easily avoided.

Check the Forecast

Knowing what lies ahead isn’t limited to real-time traffic information. Checking the weather forecast prior to leaving will give you an idea of what you might run into on the road. Make sure to check the local forecast as well, as the forecast of any areas you may be driving through. Doing so could save you from getting blindsided by inclement weather.

Car Maintenance Checklist for Road Trips

Preparing for a road trip with your whole family? Here’s a quick car maintenance checklist to help you figure out what you need to do ahead of time.

Oil

This is crucial to the life of your engine and to keep the mechanical parts lubricated. Have your oil and oil filter changed before a long trip.

Other fluids

Brake fluid, coolant, transmission fluid, and wiper fluid should be checked, replaced, or topped off ahead of time.

Hoses and belts

Make sure there are no cracks, holes, or tears in the hoses and belts of your engine; a broken belt could ruin a road trip halfway through the journey.

Tire pressure and tread

An improperly inflated tire can reduce your fuel economy and be more prone to popping on the road. Make sure your tires have plenty of traction as well.

Brakes

It’s not safe to drive to the beach and back without properly functioning brakes.

Battery

You don’t want to end up on the side of the road because your car battery died, so have its battery life checked ahead of time.

If you need any help servicing your vehicle ahead of a road trip, then bring your car to Plaza Lincoln. We can go over the car maintenance checklist with you and help inspect whatever it is that you need inspected.