Driving a car in an unfamiliar city is not only stressful, but can be dangerous as well. Taking the time to prepare you and your family, can help reduce the stress and risk of driving in a new environment. Here are some quick tips to help you prepare:
<!–[if !supportLists]–>1.) <!–[endif]–>Check the Car: Whether you are driving your own car or renting, it is imperative that you ensure that your vehicle is prepared for your trip. Get the oil changed, check your lights and windshield wipers, ensure that your tires are properly inflated/rotated, and make sure everything is in good working order.
<!–[if !supportLists]–>2.) <!–[endif]–>Get to Know the Area: Though you may have never been to the place you’ll be driving to/in, there are steps you can take to familiarize yourself with the area. Buying a map is the first step, but you can do a bit more. If you have a set itinerary of where you are going, use a service such as Mapquest.com to map out your routes to and from your hotel. You can also call the city’s visitors bureau and ask them about the area you are visiting, that way you not only can get familiar with the area, but you also can add interesting destinations you did not previously know about.
<!–[if !supportLists]–>3.) <!–[endif]–>Be Alert: Never drive if you are tired! If you are getting tired at the wheel, stop and let another person drive for awhile. If you don’t have anyone else driving with you it seems silly, but if you feel tired find a rest stop and take a nap. It is better to arrive late and alive, than not to arrive at all.
<!–[if !supportLists]–>4.) <!–[endif]–>Always Wear Your Safety Belt: It is not only smart, but in many areas it is the law. The reason is clear, seat belts save lives. Don’t start the car without having everyone put their seatbelts on. If you have children too small for seatbelts, ensure that they have an appropriate child seat or harness.
You can’t plan for everything, but by taking these precautions you minimize many of the risks associated with driving. They are all easy to do, so ensure you and your family’s safety by taking the time. Remember, safety first!