What is better in the summer than a fantastic road trip?

Between building the world’s greatest playlist and figuring out the best selfie destinations -  or where Canada’s weirdest museum is -  it’s useful to take a few steps to make sure your fantastic road trip is also a safe road trip.

Here are some tips to help you get ready, and to be safe when you’re out on the road.
Before you leave:
  • Make sure your vehicle is in good working order before you’re on the road
  • Pack essential supplies like a first aid kit, flashlight, water, booster cables, extra windshield fluid, and comfortable shoes in case you get stranded and need to walk
  • Remember that cell phones don’t always work, so pack a map just in case you need some directions
  • But, don’t forget your cell phone and charger – and to download the Red Cross First Aid app for quick info on the go
  • Make sure any cargo stored outside your vehicle (like on the roof) is safely secured
On the road:
  • Break up your trip along the way, take regular breaks to stretch – if you’re feeling tired when you’re driving it’s important to stop and rest
  • Don’t forget the sunscreen – a “trucker’s tan” is avoidable!
  • In Canada we know to stay off the road during severe winter storms, but it’s also important to avoid travelling during severe summer storms when there is risk for flash flooding or tornados. Check the weather report before you head out.
  • Don’t let yourself become distracted behind the wheel by things like needing to reprogram a GPS system or respond to a text. Have a passenger help out, use a hands-free system, or pull over
Because it’s about the journey, not the destination, make sure the journey is a safe and fun one by taking a few steps to be ready. 

And, if you are building your perfect playlist, may we recommend this safety classic?