Men like driving cars. Of course, not all men in all cultures, but in general, the car is perceived and used more like a male than a female toy. It does not depend on the culture of social relations, but it is same in Finland, the USA, Russia and Yemen. So, these tips and the text aim at men, since they are obliged to make their car safe and the whole drive safe when going on the road with their family.
Sleep well; eat a lot; go to the toilet
If you are planning to go on a longer trip with your family, such as going on a vacation, you have to make sure that you sleep well the night before the trip. Although many people will tell you that they can control their drowsiness on the road, but the thing is that in cases of utter exhaustion, you are simply not aware that you have fallen asleep. It is only a micro-sleep at the steering wheel and many drivers really cannot remember losing control over their sleep and the car. However, it can lead to severe accidents with fatal outcomes.
Also, every driver should eat well before sitting at the steering wheel in order to have enough energy for the drive. However, eating too much can lead to getting sleepy. That is why a cup of coffee before getting on the road is a useful thing for drivers.
Before you hit the highway, make sure that you (as a driver) and the rest of the crew have been to the toilet. Drive needs to be smooth and too many breaks can annoy the driver and an annoyed driver is as dangerous as a hungry wolf.
Get your car checked
It is clear that we cannot know everything about our car. While checking the pressure in the tires, looking if there is any severe damage on them and washing the car can be done by every man or a woman, more thorough checks before going for longer trips should be done by a professional mechanic. He or she can check the oil level (both the engine and the brakes oil) and make other technical and mechanical tests before you get on the road.
Bring food and drinks
Families that have to travel a lot of time on the road need to have stashes of everything. If the family has little children, as well, then the amount of good that have to be taken with you become even bigger. Among the most important things are food and drink supplies. If you have a really small baby, you will have to bring diapers, too. When it comes to drinks, do not overdo with fruit juices, because kids will be even thirstier after them and drink more water, which will require more breaks and that might lead to annoying your driver (usually dad). And we all know that an annoyed dad on a vacation is a real pain in the neck. So, avoid fruit juices.
Also, do not forget to bring appropriate food for your pets if you are bringing them with you. For instance, with Eukanuba cat and dog food you will solve that problem, too.
Going on a vacation with your family should be a great and thrilling experience for all of you. But the car must be painstakingly prepared for the trip and the whole crowd in the car has to behave in a safe way contribute to a relaxing and memorable family trip.
Dan Radak is VPS security and Hosting generaly specialist. Currently employed as a consultant in couple of Web Hosting companies. In his free time he likes to play with his pets. You can reach him on Twitter.