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How To Stay Safe During Late Night Road Trips
If your trip involves a lot of nighttime driving, it’s important to plan your route. It’s good to know in advance if you’ll be driving through barren land or long stretches of lone highway, so you’ll know where the gas stations will be along the way, and if you’ll have cell phone service.
Plan Your Route
Scheduling a check-up for your car is important before any road trip that will require a good amount of mileage, but when you are planning to travel alone or at night, car maintenance is an absolute must. Checking if your car contains safety items like a seatbelt cutter and a window breaker is also an excellent idea.
Car Health
If your car breaks down at night, get it off the road with your hazard lights on, put out flares, and, if necessary, call for help from either roadside assistance or the local police. Be sure to pack a warm blanket, a comfy change of clothes, a portable charger, a flashlight, duct tape, first aid supplies, fresh water, and snacks in case you get stranded.
Be Prepared
Investing in AAA, or a similar roadside assistance membership, can decrease the time stuck on the side of the road alone, help get you up and running again, and give you the security of knowing help is only a phone call away. Make sure to sign up at least a week in advance of your trip, as not all membership benefits may be available right away.
Invest In AAA
Driving at night can be stressful, especially if you are driving on unlit roads or facing a heavy stream of cars whose headlights are shining into your eyes. To help with visibility, keep your windshield clean and wiper fluid levels topped off, and use the night setting on your rearview mirror (which helps reduce light and glare from cars' headlights behind you).
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