Tips for your next road trip

(NC) With the weather starting to get warmer, many of us will be escaping on road trips. While it’s important to have a plan before you hit the road, you also need to think of safety and comfort for all members of the family.

Here are some tips for helping you thrive on local drives and road trips:

1. Schedule rest stops
Some may consider driving straight through to get where they’re going faster, but there’s actually nothing more important than getting up and stretching your legs every couple of hours to get the blood flowing. Research what rest stops are on the way beforehand so you’ll know where you can eat and use the washroom.

2. Bring your beloved family pet
Their presence may comfort and calm you in the car, so it’s a great idea to bring along your furry best friend. Make sure to properly secure your pet in their seat before driving, whether that’s with a carrier, crate or seatbelt. An unsecured animal can be dangerous while the vehicle in motion. Make sure your pet feels as “normal” in the car as possible with their favourite blanket, toys and treats.

3. Check the weather forecast
When planning a spring road trip, one of the first things you should do is check out the expected weather along your route. Spring weather can bring a variety of weather conditions, so keeping up to date on the weather forecast is key to a safe trip.

An easy and reliable way to do this is by calling Environment and Climate Change Canada’s automated phone weather service Hello Weather at 1-833-79HELLO (1-833-794-3556). Simply phone this new toll-free service, which offers up-to-date local forecasts for over 800 locations across Canada. When you call, you can select any location from a directory listed by province and region.

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