Road traveling is always about lists. Whether for a short distance or a long distance, certain facets of driving should always be covered. So, lists should be made to make sure.
What do I mean? Most of what I have to say in this passage will seem to be common sense. So much so that most will probably wonder why go through the effort of writing about it at all. In fact, various state laws around the country mandate many safety items (speed, lane switching, pollution control, etc.).
However, when danger or an emergency happens, the last thing you want to be is caught without what you need to cope with unexpected events.
The first list you want to make (whether in your head or on paper) concerns safety accessories for your vehicle. Parents Magazine (https://www.parents.com/fun/vacation/ideas/7-safety-tips-for-your-next-road-trip/) recommends the following:
- Warm blankets
- A flashlight
- Jumper cables
- Tools to change a tire
- A fully charged cell phone
- A first-aid kit
Looks good to me. All of this makes sense.
One situation not covered is how to remain safe while remaining in the vehicle. Turning on your flashing lights should take care of that issue, provided your car battery is in good shape. Despite great improvements in battery lifetimes, your battery will go dead eventually. So also try and take with you a piece of reflective material that you can install on your vehicle while remaining inside of it. Obviously, it becomes optimal to use both simultaneously. But that piece of reflective material will never expire.