Taking a road trip is enjoyable on many fronts. From the ability to spend time with your family to the opportunity to see the sights, there is no shortage of reasons to drive to your destination.

However, there are dangers everywhere on your road trip, so you must plan accordingly. Here are three dangers to protect against:

  • Distracted driving: As you churn out one mile after the next, it’s easy to become distracted. From your cell phone ringing to your children arguing in the backseat, there will be times when you want to take your attention away from the road. If you must do this, first pull to safety.
  • Drowsy driving: The more miles you spend on the road, the greater chance there is that you’ll become drowsy. This is particularly true if you’re driving at night. Protect against this by getting as much sleep as possible before getting behind the wheel. And if you begin to feel tired, pull to safety and take a break.
  • Other drivers: Even if you’re following the rules of the road, other drivers may be driving in a reckless manner. For example, a commercial trucker may attempt to pass you in the right lane. Or maybe another driver zooms past you as they violate the speed limit. You have to worry just as much about other drivers as you do yourself.

These are just a few of the many dangers to concern yourself with when taking a road trip.

Even if you take the steps necessary to maintain your safety, another driver could cause a crash. Should that happen, call 911, focus on the well-being of you and your passengers and then file an insurance claim as time allows.