Precautions When Driving a Long Distance Alone

Lee HansenStarred Page By Lee Hansen, 24th Aug 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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If you have to travel a long distance alone in your car use common sense.


Driving takes a lot of focus and concentration. It can present a challenge when driving alone because there is no one to talk with or share the load. Taking simple steps can make a big difference.

Auto shop

Have a mechanic check out your car thoroughly to see if your car is in good shape to take the wear and tear of a long journey. Make sure they check tires, hoses, brakes, belts, air conditioner and battery.

Map it

Be sure to have the route completely mapped out. If you are an AAA member they provide this service as part of your annual dues. Get familiar with the route before starting. This is especially important because you will be by yourself.

Let Someone Know

It might be wise to tell someone of your travel plans. This will be helpful if you become stranded or haven't been heard from in a reasonable amount of time. It will also eliminate unnecessary concern if someone knows.

Gas up

Fuel up before getting on the road. Don't test fate by seeing how close to empty you can get. Use a well-lit gas station where you see several cars on the premises. There is safety in numbers.

Cell Phone

Have your cell phone or Smartphone at the ready in case of an emergency. Be sure it is charged and bring the charger with you. Do not text or talk on the phone when driving. There are even phones you can purchase that are good for a limited time of use. Phone booths are not always available when and where you need them.

Frequent breaks

Don't press your luck by driving too long without a break. Using the restroom, getting a bite to eat and walking around for a few minutes will give you a boost of much-needed energy. Stop at well-lit areas for security and safety reasons.

Don't speed

What's the big rush? There's nothing worth being in an accident for or causing one. You can be sure that you will be pulled over by a police and get a ticket.

Money or credit cards

It goes without saying that you need to have enough money with you as you travel. If you don’t want to carry a lot of cash, use your debit or credit card. Traveler’s checks might be a suitable option too

Taking the Challenge

If you have to drive a long distance by yourself, a little common sense will go a long way in hopefully ensuring that you arrive at your destination safe and sound.

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
28th Aug 2014 (#)

Lee, these are great tips for driving alone. I have no sense of direction so I'm always with someone if I'm going a long way.

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author avatar Lee Hansen
28th Aug 2014 (#)

Thanks Nancy. You are using wisdom:)

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author avatar Lee Hansen
28th Aug 2014 (#)

You're right Loverme. Times have certainly changed. These tips should apply to both men and women alike.

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author avatar LOVERME
28th Aug 2014 (#)

I wonder if its safe for a lady or for that matter even a man to drive long distances alone Times are not the same

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author avatar Delicia Powers
28th Aug 2014 (#)

Very helpful and timely advice... so many are heading out on the road towards college now...and for a lot of young people- their very first trip away from home...the cell phone truly is a must!...great article Lee...

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author avatar Lee Hansen
28th Aug 2014 (#)

Thanks D. Too often we think we're invincible when it comes to our safety. Hopefully these tips will be a good reminder.

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