Tour Prep: Van Accidents

This article was originally published on June 30th, 2016.
It belongs to MusicThinkTank.

Henry Rollins wrote a book in 1994 entitled “Get In The Van,” which encourages young artists to put aside previous concerns and take a risk by starting their music career. However, he may have missed the part about when the van flips over… literally. It’s not uncommon for a vehicle accident to happen to bands on tour in fact, The Early November did it within their first two weeks of their first official tour – and look where they are now. So, the question arises – what are the best ways to prepare, avoid, and handle such situations?

1. Be awake

I am one of many who have decided at times that it’s better to drive through the night than to wait until morning. This can be tempting when it’s the last date of a tour and you want to get home, or you want a full day to spend in the next city, but it’s also dangerous. You can always fall asleep in the daytime as well, but it’s more natural to fall asleep when it’s dark outside. In all cases, I recommend having someone else awake with you, and personally I like to have a large energy drink to nurse while I’m driving. It keeps my body moving, which keeps my mind a bit more active.

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