Thanksgiving Road Trip Survival Guide
KEEPING KIDS ENTERTAINED
Making sure children are occupied in the back seat is not only key for your own sanity, but everyone’s safety. Choose games, videos or toys that won’t in any way distract the driver.
“If you’re playing a game for example, like counting license plates, all the passengers in the car can do it, but not the driver,” Brough stresses. “The driver’s job is to get everybody to and from grandma’s and home safely.”
APPLYING MAKE-UP WITHOUT A MESS
Now we in no way suggest you even try this while behind the wheel of a moving car. (A study by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute found that applying make-up while driving triples your risk of crashing). But if you get a minute to pull over, or are riding in a passenger seat, why not take a moment to freshen up? No reason to face friends or relatives looking frazzled.
Dorothy Strouhal, owner of YourMakeupExpert.com, has some on-the-go tips. “Use a mousse foundation or blush,” she advises. “It stays in place, and doesn’t fly around like powder and it won’t spill like liquid. Plus, it gives a pretty finish!”
Avoid using eyeliner if you can. “One bump and it’s all over,” says Strouhal. “It could mess up the rest of your makeup, or you could accidentally stab yourself in the eye with the applicator. If you are going to attempt liner, use a roll out liner versus liquid or pencil. Using a liquid liner needs precision and a steady hand.” Remember to pack some travel size Q-tips to clean up any mishaps.
Porsche Race Car Driver Patrick Long Offers Drivers Tips for Long Rides
The holiday travel season is full of fun, relaxation and a much-needed break for hard-working Americans. However, road trips can often result in body aches, poor nutrition and other challenges for drivers who will inevitably find themselves stuck behind-the-wheel for long stretches while on the road.
To avoid these challenges and make your drive a bit less taxing, champion Porsche race car driver, Patrick Long, has these tips:
Fuel-Up: If you pack a small cooler with water bottles and healthy snacks like fruits and veggies, this can deter the temptation to reach for non-healthy items on the road.
Stability: Stability should be your No. 1 concern when going on a long road trip. Many people stick pillows behind their backs, but the main goal should be to always have your spine straight and sit with the seat fully contacting your back. That is, use the structure of the seat to do its job in supporting your spine.
Body Positioning: Maintain proper posture by not leaning one way or the other in the seat. According to the National Highway and Traffic Safety Authority, a driver’s hands should both be placed on the outside of the steering wheel on opposite sides. Patrick Long recommends the “9 and 3” hand position. Having proper position in the car is also relative to the pedals — if you’re too close, you’re cramped; and if you’re too far away, you’ll end up slouching down to reach them. Sit close enough to the wheel so that there’s a slight bend at your elbows, and keep your arms relaxed.
Take Frequent Pit Stops: For longer distance road travel, take frequent pit stops in order to stretch your legs and improve the blood flow in your body.
To prevent a sore lower back sometimes experienced after driving, focus on core stability and strength exercises. Patrick Long focuses on exercises like planks, leg-lifts and crunches on an exercise ball to strengthen his core.