Rest often during long road trips

It may sound counterintuitive, but you’re more likely to make better driving time—and to arrive safely—if you take frequent breaks when traveling long distances. Pull off the road, get out of your car, and stretch every two to three hours; you’ll actually increase your alertness and endurance. On the other hand, if you drive four or five hours without stopping, you’re more likely to become fatigued and unable to continue safely without stopping for a long break or even an overnight. Breaks are also important when traveling with kids—stopping to toss a ball around or play a game helps to stave off boredom and restlessness.