Whether you’re a youngster with a week off from school, a college-aged student with energy to burn, or a parent with kids in tow, spring break is a perfect time to plan a road trip. When done right, this well-needed vacation can bring friends and family closer together and can reinvigorate you for the rest of the season.

The more prepared you are for your trip, the more smoothly everything will go for you and your travel mates. To that end, here are some quick tips to help you make the most of your spring break adventure and keep everyone safe and sound:

Perform Regular Maintenance

When you’re out on the road enjoying your spring break road trip, the last thing you want to deal with is your automobile breaking down, especially if you’re far away from civilization. Before the trip, be sure to have the car checked out by either a mechanic or someone who is knowledgeable about vehicle maintenance. That will help insure that your vehicle is in good working order and that your motor oil, filters, and fluids are in good condition.

Check Your Tires Thoroughly (and Don’t Forget the Spare)

Before you take off for your trip, make sure that the tread on your vehicle’s tires is in good shape and that each tire is properly inflated to the manufacturer’s specifications. Also, don’t forget to fill up the spare, too, just in case you get a flat or blowout on the road and need to use it. Yes — even if it’s just one of those donut tires.

Frequently Switch Drivers

Driving for long periods of time can exhaust your eyes and make you more susceptible to being distracted or losing focus. It’s always a good idea to switch drivers every few hours so that you can rest your eyes and take a power nap.

Make Regular Stops Along the Way

When you’re on a spring break road trip, there’s a good chance you have a great destination in mind, but you should still make regular stops along the way. Not only will this allow you to get a lot more enjoyment out of your trip, but it will also allow everyone to get out and stretch their legs. You can even find oddities to enjoy on your trip by going to sites such as Roadside America. You can thank us later for that little tidbit because it will absolutely transform your trip.

Make Sure Everyone Wears Their Seatbelt

By now, absolutely every person on the planet should know that it’s imperative that everyone in a moving vehicle has his or her seatbelt buckled at all times, no matter what. There are many instances where only a few seconds of removing a seat belt has ended in tragedy. If anyone has any reason to unbuckle, then pull off the road and park so they can do so safely.

Avoid Distracted Driving

Spring break is a fantastic time to have fun with your friends and family, and a road trip can have tons of excitement. The problem is that other people in the car may get a little bit rowdy, which can lead to distracted driving. If you’re a passenger, do not distract the driver at all. Plus, if you’re the driver and need to use the GPS or locate a nearby restaurant, let the passengers do it. And, yes, the person riding shotgun is always in charge of the tunes.

If anything goes awry during your spring break road trip, it’s always best to have a qualified attorney by your side. Reach out to the attorneys at Mintz Law Firm for a free, no-obligation consultation.