Getting ready to embark on an exciting locum tenens assignment? Chances are you’re busy completing paperwork and making living arrangements. However, while you may be preoccupied with what seems like a million things, driving long distance to any locum tenens assignment requires a certain level of preparation before hitting the road. Focusing your attention on the right safety measures is the first step to ensuring a smooth and safe drive to your new locum tenens job.
Check out these basic travel tips that will help you prepare for a long road trip:
Take care of vehicle regular maintenance before you leave if you are using your own car. It’s common for many people to put off their yearly car maintenance, however, it’s imperative you have your car looked at by a trusted mechanic before heading out on your trip. Even basic things, like checking your wipers, headlights and turn signals, can make the difference between a safe ride and getting into trouble on the road. Typically, it’s best to have a mechanic check all functions of your vehicle, including the breaks; battery; air filtration; and tire treads. It’s also a good idea to get an oil change (even if you’re not due for one), so you don’t have to get one at your new location. Most importantly, do not ignore anything that isn’t working properly. Being practical about addressing concerns will prevent major car problems on the road or during your assignment.
Gather an emergency vehicle kit. When it comes to traveling long distances, you can never be too safe. Having an emergency kit in your vehicle will give you peace of mind and ensure you’re fully prepared if you experience a medical emergency during your travels or become stranded. There are many items that should go in the kit, including an extra cell phone charger, flashlight and extra batteries, antifreeze, first aid kit, jumper cables, tire jack, tire gauge, a pair of gloves, and a couple rags. You should also have a warm blanket, non-perishable snacks, and a few bottles of water in your vehicle.
Map out your route ahead of time. While it’s easy to rely on GPS to guide you, it’s in your best interest to review your route in detail before you leave. Getting a sense of the route will help you familiarize yourself with the course of the trip so you can make travel adjustments as needed in the event of poor weather conditions or other unexpected issues. Along these lines, be sure to prepare your vehicle for all types of weather typical of the area, such as ice, snow and sleet. Though it sounds simple, having a snow brush and ample windshield fluid can do wonders to keep you safe in dangerous winter weather.
By following the tips above, you’ll be equipped to handle your next locum tenens road trip with ease and confidence.
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