7 tips to ensure a safe road trip

7 tips to ensure a safe road trip

This summer season, more local tourists spots are starting to (safely, we always hope) resume operations after being affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Some Filipino families are also going for a drive just for a change of scenery and, to keep themselves safe from the virus, they choose not to alight from their car at all. Whatever plan you have this season, it is important to make all the necessary preparations to ensure safe travels in the road.

To make your road trips safe and comfortable, car insurance provider AXA Philippines shares some tips that will surely provide an enjoyable drive without compromising safety. Remember: safety first!

Check your car

Make sure to give your vehicle a full diagnostic check before you head out as it needs to be in tiptop shape especially if you are going on a long road trip. Visit an authorized service center for a maintenance check and get any necessary repairs done to avoid any trouble while on the road.

Pack emergency essentials

It is important to prepare for unexpected situations on the road with essentials like first-aid supplies, water, flashlight, and tool kits for your car. If you’re going to explore a new place, don’t forget to bring a map or get your phone GPS-ready to avoid getting lost. Also make sure to bring face masks, face shields, hand sanitizers, sanitizing wipes, and other pandemic essentials.

Avoid direct contact with other people

Since we are still in a pandemic, make sure to minimize contact with other people. If ever you will need to interact with strangers, make sure to practice physical distancing. Always wear face mask and face shield and wash or sanitize your hands after each encounter.

Keep yourself informed on weather and traffic updates

To get the most out of your trip, it is important to plan ahead by knowing the weather conditions and possible traffic delays that you may encounter on your way.

Have a plan for the drivers

The designated driver must be well-rested before hitting the road to avoid weariness or drowsiness. You can take turns in driving with your companions, or if it is not possible, pull over somewhere safe to stretch your arms and legs, or start a conversation to keep you awake. Always be cautious while on the road and watch out for drunk or aggressive drivers.

Always wear a seatbelt

Some people forget to buckle up, especially during short trips. According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Protection, wearing a seatbelt is one of the most efficient ways in reducing injuries in the event of a car crash. It is important for everyone inside the car to buckle up to avoid getting sever injuries, should you encounter any accident.

Save all emergency numbers on your phone

Make sure that all the important emergency hotline numbers are listed on your contacts so you will know who to call when you encounter any untoward incident while driving. It will also be more convenient if you have the Emma by AXA PH app on your phone as it comes with a Rescue Line feature that can easily connect you to any type of emergency response you might need while on the road, such as roadside, ambulance, police, or fire assistance. It also allows you to add up to three emergency contacts who will be automatically informed anytime you request for emergency response.

AXA’s Rescue Line has a dedicated command center that will promptly coordinate with the corresponding agency to your needs. This feature also gives you real-time updates until help arrives. Even if you do not have car or motorcycle  insurance plan with AXA, you can use the Rescue Line feature for free.

To know more travel tips, visit AXA’s Rescue Line page.

Photo from AXA Philippines

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