It’s summertime. The weather is great, and school is out. This is a perfect time for a little road trip.

But before you go, there are a few things to keep in mind to make sure your trip is smooth sailing:

Protect Your Skin. Wonder why the left side of your face has more wrinkles than your left? It’s the UVA rays that pass through side windows. The protective layers that compose windshields do a pretty good job blocking the dangerous waves, but side windows don’t have them. Everyone in the car should cover themselves with sunscreen, even when it’s cloudy. However, don’t leave the cream in the car; the heat can make the sunscreen less effective.

Stay hydrated. Because most people don’t recognize the warning signs of dehydration, they are sick seemingly out of the blue. To reduce the chance of this happening on a lonely stretch of highway, pack drinks in reusable bottles and juicy foods that are convenient to eat, like orange sections or cucumber slices. Staying hydrated helps you feel good and stay healthy during your trip.

Get Plenty of Rest. Start a day of driving after a good night’s rest. Driving when you’re tired can be dangerous, so it’s important to be well-rested. Take breaks during your drive to stretch your legs and refresh your mind.

A road trip is a great way to experience new places up close and at your own pace. Planning and care ensure you’ll have a vacation full of happy adventures.

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