Family Road Trip Safety Tips During the Pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic has changed everything, and many people are taking to the road, particularly after the news of the COVID vaccine broke out. According to the CDC, staying indoors is the best way to prevent the spread of Coronavirus. But with the appropriate safety precautions, you and your family can embark on a road trip. Here are some ways to reduce the risks and travel safely.

Bring Hand Sanitisers

It is impossible to have a road trip during a pandemic and fail to carry hand sanitisers. Remember that you will be handling money at drive-throughs, you will be holding doorknobs at gas station washrooms, and all kinds of unexpected things. Always carry a bottle of hand sanitisers in your vehicle.

Be Careful When Driving

This might sound like a piece of usual advice; however, these are not normal times. We are in the middle of a pandemic, and everything is different. Many people have been either physically or mentally affected by the coronavirus pandemic, and they are not driving normally. It is, therefore, crucial to at least have the contact number of a personal injury attorney just in case you need it.

Additionally, drive at a safe speed limit and put a significant distance between you and other vehicles on the road.

Accommodation

If you will have to sleep in a hotel, try to call before arriving to confirm your reservation. Don’t assume that you will find accommodation at the last minute. Hotels are running differently during these uncertain times, and some have even closed their doors. To stay safe, plan your route ahead of time and pick an accommodation ahead of time. Take a minute to call and countercheck the reservations.

Bring a Tent and some Other Safety Resources

This might not be necessary if you plan on staying at a hotel. However, an emergency shelter is good to have if you find the hotels have closed suddenly. Tents are also beneficial in case you run out of gas in the middle of nowhere. Besides having a tent, it is worth having some emergency supplies in your trunk if you experience some issues.

The emergency resources can include flares, jumper cables, flashlights, tire pressure gauges, portable cell phone chargers, windshield wiper fluid, and blankets. Additionally, you might need to have extra face masks, water, jackets, non-perishable foods, and a first aid kit.

Dinning

Some restaurants might be operational today, but expect a change in the number of people they can take in. Since it will be harder for you to find a seat in some places, try the take-out services at drive-throughs at major food chains. The CDC recommends dining out through drive-throughs, delivery, and take-outs as a good way of limiting the spread of the Coronavirus.

Adhere to the COVID-19 Health Recommendations

Staying at home is the best way to avoid spreading and getting the Coronavirus. However, now that you have decided to go for a road trip, you have to follow the strict COVID-19 health guidelines. Always wear a mask, maintain a physical distance, and stay at home whenever you feel sick. It is also advisable to carry antimicrobial wipes.

The Bottom Line

You can quickly get distracted, especially when you are travelling with your kids. Be extra careful and avoid potential pitfalls when traveling with kids. Plan carefully, carry some hand sanitisers, be careful when driving and follow all the COVID-19 health guidelines.

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