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Holiday Road Trip? 5 Tips for Safe Travels

Make sure your car is road trip ready

It’s always a good idea to get your car checked out before you travel. Get an oil change, check tire pressure and get that free rotation you keep putting off, check all your fluids, especially your radiator and windshield cleaner. Pack your battery charger, portable air pump and flares in case you break down. And don’t forget an extra blanket and bottled water.

 

Check the Weather

Before you head out, make sure you check the weather forecasts. Weather is a major factor in road conditions and your tires can be your best friend or worst enemy. Ensure that you’ve had your tires checked by a technician and are adequate for the conditions you’ll be driving in. Use precaution when traveling in extreme weather and remember that it’s better to arrive late than not at all.

 

Plan your Route and Have a Backup Ready

Weather you’re a road warrior or like to take the scenic route, it’s always good to have your trip planned out on your favorite app including stops for gas and food. Utilize apps like Zaggots and Trip Advisor to find the best places to eat or sites to see along the way. Keep a backup route in case of weather or traffic delays.

 

Focus on the Drive

It’s tempting to check social media or your group text on a long drive, but also very dangerous.  When driving, designate someone in the car to set music, check emails or texts and to answer calls if needed. Never text and drive and if you feel tired, pull over and rest.

 

Kidproof your Road Trip

Kids get bored easier than adults, so make sure you plan ahead for the trip. Download movies from your favorite online service in case WiFi is unavailable and bring headphones for everyone. If you have built-in screens in your car, make sure that everyone agrees on the movie playlist before you depart to avoid fights. Pack books, magazines, word puzzles and plenty of markers for the kids.  Don’t forget snacks and a small cooler for drinks.

 

Have a safe trip!

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