Traffic Awareness Month
August 21, 2019
It's a Long Way Down the Holiday Road, Don't Forget These Travel Tips!
Summer is not over yet! You still have time to embark on a family road trip, but before you head out, check out these travel safety tips in honor of National Traffic Awareness Month.
Before You Go
Don't just throw you luggage in the trunk and hit the road. Preparation is key to preventing breakdowns on your trip. It may take some time upfront, but that time investment now will spare you from the time it takes to deal with a breakdown later.
Get Your Car Serviced
Regular maintenance such as oil changes and tire rotations are important for the overall longevity of your vehicle and they go a long way in preventing breakdowns. If you keep up with the needed services on your vehicle, you should be good to go for a road trip. However, if you can't remember the last time your car was serviced, or you don't know the service history of the car you will be taking, it is a good idea to schedule a checkup with your mechanic before you embark on your road trip.
Check For Recalls
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has a VIN look-up tool. Check it out here to see if your vehicle has been recalled or needs a repair. You can find your VIN by looking at the lower left of your car's windshield. It can also be found on your car's registration card and possibly on your insurance card.
Make A Vehicle Safety Checklist
No matter how well you maintain your ride, it is important to make a vehicle safety checklist and review the following before heading out on your trip. This means checking your car's tires, lights, cooling system, fluid level, belts and hoses, wiper blades, air conditioning and your floor mats.
Pack An Emergency Roadside Kit
It never hurts to be prepared. A break down can happen when you least expect it and having an emergency roadside kit can mean the difference between getting back on the road and being stranded. Suggested contents include:
- First Aid Kit
- Flashlight and Extra Batteries
- Jumper Cables
- Tire Pressure Gauge
- Jack and Spare Tire
- Quart of Motor Oil
- Gallon of Coolant
- Tool Kit
- Bottled Water
- Granola or Energy Bars
Once on the road be sure to stay alert and avoid risky driving behaviors such as texting or speeding. And remember to buckle up for every trip!
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