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Dr. Oz's 7 Rules for the World's Greatest Road Trip

Road Trip

"On the road again - Just can't wait to get on the road again," sang Willie Nelson. But if you're traveling with family or friends, that song may get out of tune with fights, car sickness, sun burns and more. Want to enjoy your greatest, healthiest road trip ever? Dr. Mehmet Oz has the solution with his road-trip-tips"7 rules to a healthy, happy road trip."

Dr. Oz Sums It Up
"If you’re like me, it just doesn’t feel like summer without a vacation," says Dr. Oz. The trick to making it a special one: When you hop into your car "in search of relaxation,..make sure you don’t lose your cool on the way there."

Use Dr. Oz's 7 tips "to get you to your destination with mind and body intact."

Pack Wisely
Food, toys, luggage, camping gadgets. Don't block your windows with all that gear or stuff so much into the car that the kids can't breath!

Dr. Oz's safety tip: "Put an extra pack on top of your car can help clear up some space in the back, but it carries its own risks: too much on top and you could roll your car. Check out your car’s handbook to see how much you can safely carry."

Too Much Sun is No Fun
Did you know that studies show skin cancer and signs of skin aging, such as dark spots and wrinkles, are more common on the left side of the face and upper body, where drivers are most often exposed to the sun? Scary!

Dr. Oz's tip: "While windshields usually have a protective coating, side windows let in significant amounts of damaging rays. And beware the sunroof – wear a hat if you want to let in the light from above. Keep sunscreen and sunglasses handy in the car, and wear light-colored protective clothing to protect your arms. You can also buy inexpensive transparent films that fit onto car window s and block UVA and UVB rays."

Sleep Dangers
Miles of travel can add up to sleepiness. Sleep before, after and during breaks.

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Dr. Oz's tip: "Try to limit your late-night driving, since people who sleep less than six hours a night are more likely to report drowsy driving. Switching drivers every few hours can also help stave off fatigue."

Tummy Time
Bypass those fast food places. Instead, have a lunch bag ready with carrots, fruits and nuts.

Dr. Oz's tip: "Skip the soda and have plenty of water on hand to keep you well hydrated."

Stay on Track
GPS systems are great, but not perfect! Have a map with your route sketched out ready.

Dr. Oz's tip: "And if you’re confused, try not to pull over on the shoulder unless it’s an emergency. Rest stops are usually well-lit and well-populated, a safer place to sort out your next move."

Car Care
Before you head out on the road, check your car carefully, including engine oil, wiper blades and lights. In addition, check your tire tread and tire pressure to make sure you don’t run the risk of skidding or having your tire blow out on you while you’re driving.

Dr. Oz's tip: "You can use a quarter to check if your tread is deep enough – just make sure it comes up at least to the top of George Washington’s head."

Furry Friends
Is your dog going with you? Have food and water ready. And be aware of dogs prone to car sickness by feeding them lighter meals.

Dr. Oz's tip: "As much as dogs like it, don’t let your dog ride with his head out the window. Not only could he get hit with something passing by, but dirt and debris can blow into his eyes and ears."