California is one of the greatest places in the country to take a nice, relaxing vacation.
No matter what you want to do or see, there are hundreds, if not thousands, of fantastic sights to make sure you visit on your trip. Before setting off on your California vacation, you should do some things before hitting the road to prepare yourself.
Following the four tips below will ensure that not only will your California vacation be a dream vacation, but also a safe one.
How to Make Your Trip to the Golden State Both Safe & Fun
Plan Your Route Carefully
California is a massive state with over 390,000 miles of road over different terrains, climates, and elevations. It might be tempting to take the longer, scenic routes through the state, but do not drive somewhere you are not comfortable.
California has many mountainous roads with many twists and turns. While the views might be breathtaking, it can be easy to lose focus and get in an accident. Before setting off on your road trip, make sure you plan your route carefully. Just relying on your GPS may take you somewhere you are not comfortable driving.
Pay Attention to Beach Safety
California has hundreds of miles of coastlines and beaches and while it may be tempting to throw on your swimsuit and jump in the sparkling blue Pacific Ocean, you should know proper beach rules before diving in.
Pay attention to all posted beach rules and warnings. High winds, tides, sea life and rip tides can all be dangerous unless you know what you are doing. Read all signs on the beach and do not do anything in the water you are not comfortable with doing.
Stay on the Beaten Path
All large, major cities have bad areas of town and the cities in California are no different. Especially if you are visiting Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, or Sacramento, be careful about what parts of town you venture to.
Try to stay near the touristy areas of town and never go anywhere by yourself after dark. Before coming to California, do some research on what the best parts of each town are. This way you can prevent any avoidable incidents and have a safe and fun trip.
Have Up to Date Car Insurance
California is famous for its aggressive drivers. In 2014, according to the Alexander Law Group, there were over 3,000 fatalities caused by automobile accidents in California. Unless you are used to their hectic and congested traffic, driving through California can be an eye opening experience, though still far better than in other parts of the world. ;-)
While there is only so much you can do to avoid a car accident, you can at least make sure your car insurance is paid and up to date. This way, in the slim chance you do get in a wreck, you are covered financially.