Family Road Trip Safe Driving Tips: Part One
The family driving vacation is back. This series of quick tips will help you prepare for a worry-free trip.
Before You Go
Make sure your car is ready bumper to bumper. You already know that you should prep your car’s major systems for the trip (tune up, oil change, air conditioner checkup), but don’t forget the details.
- Check tire tread and pressure. Be sure to follow the tire manufacturer’s recommendations for inflation, especially if you’re hauling or carrying a heavy load.
- Check wiper blades for wear and replace if needed.
- Check exterior lights and replace any burned out bulbs.
- Check driver’s license, registration and vehicle inspection dates and renew them if needed before you leave.
- Keep roadside emergency supplies in your vehicle. Reflectors, flares, flashlight and a reflective vest can help keep you safer in the event of a breakdown.
- Bring an extra set of keys. Just in case.
- Get an auto insurance tune-up. Talk to a professional insurance agent to make sure your coverage is up to date. If you should break down or get into a fender-bender, you don’t want any surprises about what your insurance policy covers.
Have a safe and fun trip! Stay tuned for the next segment of this series with tips on getting to your destination.