Essential Tips For Roadside Safety Measure When Camping In Cars

There had come a time in everyone's life when they had to camp in their car. It is not an unusual thing for people who take long road trips and prefer to stay in their cars. The idea of spending the whole day in your car especially nights may seem a little uncomfortable.

Long road trips require spending the night in a secluded area or an area which is far reached to a hotel. In these situations, you have no option and need to spend the night in your car. It is not always safe to live out of your car, and for that reason, we have provided some tips for you to be ready and safe for car camping.

1. Do a Test Run

Before getting ready for your long awaited trip, you need to test run your vehicle and find out if it is safe to drive for long distances. Go for short and local camping trips to find out if your gear is suitable and capable of going for long ones.

Once you hit the road, there is no looking back. Getting assistance once you are stuck is a very difficult task. The primary thing, which you should do it gets your car checked before the big day.

Make a list of all the automotive parts of your car and get it checked one at a time. Do stress on your engine and tires as they have a tendency not to work when you need it the most.

2. Be Well Informed

Be Well Informed

You need to have an absolute and a complete idea of the safety measures when you are on the road. Taking long trips may include driving across a country which may lead to change in the traffic rules.

You need to be very well informed of the rules and take all the preventive measures necessary before camping in your car. Always mark the nearest gas centers and the repairing garages to get immediate assistance.

3. Get off the Road in Case of Emergency

When you drive on a highway, you don't have the luxury to stop and look at the cause of damage to your car. Whenever you face a situation like this, take action immediately and get to a safe place as fast as you can. Getting to the shoulder of the road is fine if that is your last option available.

Try to exit freeways, pull into a rest or a parking lot if you can and never stop around the corners or curves as you risk getting hit by the other vehicles. If you feel that you can drive your car to safety yourself, then drive slowly to that spot but if the damage is so severe that you may risk an accident, then call for help immediately.

4. Keep Emergency Supplies

You should have the emergency kit in your car at all times especially when you are car camping. When you go for a long road trip, keep a first aid kit handy, and also keep extra food and water. There is no certainty of rest stops in your trip so keep extra food and water with you as you most likely won't have access to smoker pellets and a pellet grill on the road..

Don't forget to keep the emergency repair tools with you such as a spare tire, jack, jumper cables, duct tape, etc. you never know when your car decides to malfunction and you may need these tools. Also keep flares, flags and reflective triangles with you so that you can warn others of your car trouble.

5. Know Your Limits

Know Your Limits

Car camping involves a lot of night driving. You should be well aware of your limit of driving. Many people have the capacity to drive up to 12 hours a day and others have it ranging from 4-5 hours. You should know your capacity and drive accordingly.

Never extend your limit as it risks mishap to you and the people around you. If you don't feel uncomfortable to drive then come to a stop and rest as much as you need. You can get your tents out and sleep under the stars.

6. Always Take Help from a Professional

You can't always trust everyone for help as there have been many instances where people have been cheated. Always take help from your trusted person or a professional. Don't rely on the strangers for help.

Not all strangers have bad intention, but it is better to be safe than sorry. Always use caution and wait for a professional.

7. Get Insurance

Before setting out on a trip get your car insured. Even a slight problem with your car can cost you a lot of money if you don't have insurance. Get a good insurance which will cover all the damage to your car so that you don't need to spend your saved money on it.

8. Warn Others

If you face car trouble then always warn the other people behind you. This way you can be safe and also keep the other people safe who are around you. You should turn on your hazard lights and slowly come to a stop.

Use traffic cones, triangles, signs, flares to warn others and also ask for help. Keep your lights on if you have stopped at night.

9. Use Tools for Visibility at Night

Use Tools for Visibility at Night

Night driving can prove to be a difficult job if you don't have the right tools for it. Rectangles, signs, etc. can improve your visibility at night. Always keep these things in the trunk of your car.

Get your headlights and tail lights checked before driving at night. With the help of rectangles and flares, you can warn others that you have stopped your car and make your car visible. Survey has shown that many road accidents happen to the poor visibility of the stopped car at night. By using these tools, you prevent getting hit and can also ask for assistance.

10. Keep the Traffic in Mind

When coming to a stop do consider the traffic behind you and plan the stop accordingly. Sometimes a distraction is enough for a major road accident. Always be alert for the traffic and exit accordingly.

11. Stay within the Speed Limit

While driving on a highway, we tend to speed up and forget the speed limit. While the high speed might give you a thrill, you invite a lot of risk along with it. Always be in the speed limit of the road as this factor is never to be taken lightly as far as roadside safety measures are to be concerned.

12. Use Roadside Assistance Safety Apps

With the new era of technology, we have many roadside assistance apps available which can give you immediate help and also guide you step by step on how to deal with a situation. They are HONK, repair pal, good hands rescue, etc.

Car camping can be a lot of fun when done right and with safety. Never compromise safety over comfort. Keep the roadside mentioned above safety measures in mind, and you can have the best road trip one can have.

All you need to do is take extra precaution and keep the automotive tools for car handy. If you found this post knowledgeable please share it others and let us know what you think about it in comments.

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