A family road trip is as American as apple pie and baseball, summers on the shore and Thanksgiving with grandma. Before you pack the wagon for your next adventure, take a moment and review these simple safety tips.
Invest in a safety kit.
It’s a no-brainer yet often overlooked, a roadside safety kit should be in your vehicle at all times. Most kits include jumper cables, roadside flairs, simple bandages and ointments, flashlights and wrenches. Be sure to add a blanket and poncho too, which could really save you headaches when needed. Speaking of headaches, be sure you include Tylenol or ibuprofen.
Tire tread matters.
Tires keep your car on the road, or in some cases are the reason your car left the road! Check your tires for damage before you head out. Look for gouges, rips, and nails that could cause havoc on the road. Also, check your tire tread depth. One easy way is the old-fashioned penny test. Place a penny into your tire's tread groove with Abe’s head upside down and facing you. If you see all of Lincoln's head, your tread depth is too thin and it's time to replace your tires.
Refresh the oil.
Depending on the distance of your trip, you may want to get an oil change before you leave. If you’re close to the time to change, or your mileage will dictate the need to stop by the shop during the trip, it may be wise to get it done before you hit the road.
Pack (spare) smart.
Your spare tire may be located inside the floor of your trunk. This is always a problem for packing! In the event you need to access the spare, everything inside may need to be relocated, which could mean your bags are curbside while you swap the tires. Keep this in mind when deciding which bags go where. Also, know where your jack is located. You don’t want to lose valuable travel time fumbling through your car looking for the right tools.
Take a break.
Often times we want to get to our destination as fast as we can! But you shouldn’t push your limits. If your trip will take you more than a few simple hours, break it up. Stop for rests or a cup of coffee. Never drive tired. Swap drivers out as needed.
Domestic Travel Insurance
When people think travel insurance, they think big-budget trips or international destinations. Truth is, most trips that take you 100 miles from your home are insurable in some way shape or form. This may include roadside services, cancellations, or medical options. You can learn more about domestic travel insurance here.