Health Tip: Prepare for a Road Trip

(HealthDay News) — Any car travel requires preparation, especially those extended trips behind the wheel.

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons offers these suggestions before driving long distances:

  • Use a map or guidance system to plot your route, marking the exits, approximate mileage and major landmarks.
  • The night before your trip, get plenty of sleep.
  • Pack a bottle of water and a first aid kit.
  • Make sure the windshield, headlights and taillights are clean.
  • Maintain your car consistently, and make sure it’s running well before you leave.