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Despite a shaky economy, millions of Americans will be hitting the road this summer, getting in a family vacation before school starts back up again. A road trip offers a great way to get where you are going while saving money on transportation costs. To ensure you and your family are safe, keep these tips and precautions in mind.

Before you head out, be sure you know where you are going. Have an updated map with you in your car. Plan your route and be aware of any changes along the path. For instance, if you are heading through some mountains, be prepared for twisty roads that can slow you down. 

Don't try to do too much in a day. Driving more than 600 miles a day can be dangerous. Sleep deprivation is a leading cause of accidents on the highways, so make sure you are well rested each morning before you head out. Having another driver or two to help share the drive time makes for a safer trip.

Watch the weather. Before you head out each day, check on the weather along your planned route. If the weather is predicted to be less than ideal, give yourself extra time to get to your destination. 

Make sure your vehicle is in good running condition. Check the tire pressure, oil, and coolant levels before you head out and at each stop.

Don't pick up hitchhikers, even if you think the risk is minimal. If you think a person on the side of the road is in need of assistance, notify the police rather than stopping yourself. 

Take plenty of breaks. This will help keep you awake and alert. Stretching and walking help keep the circulation in your legs moving properly. Deep vein thrombosis, a serious condition, can result if you stay in a sitting position too long. 

At Oxford at Sonterra Apartments in San Antonio, Texas, we believe it’s important to live life vigorously. In order to do so, you must educate yourself regularly with lifestyle-enhancing tips such as these. With this blog post, we seek to improve your way of life through education that promotes self-care.

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