Summer has arrived and it is time for family road trips!
Before you set out on your vacation, take some time to review these Tips for Staying Safe:
- Get your car serviced: Regular maintenance such as oil changes, battery checks, tune-ups, and tire rotations are crucial when it comes to preventing breakdowns.
- Check for recalls: Sometimes recalls occur and drivers are unaware their vehicle needs to be repaired. Before you go, check the recall status of your vehicle here.
- Look over your vehicle safety checklist: Regardless of your vehicle maintenance, it’s helpful to perform a safety check prior to your trip. Save this summer checklist to use on your trip.
- Pack an Emergency Roadside Kit: You can purchase a pre-made kit, or you can make one based on your needs and area you’re traveling to. A cell phone tops the list because you can use it to call for help. Some helpful items include a first aid kit, flashlight, jumper cables, and a tire jack.
- Protect yourself and loved ones: Above all, buckle up for every trip, no matter how short. Seat belts are the best defense against impaired and distracted drivers. Make sure children under 13 are in the backseat, and children who need booster seats or car seats are properly buckled up.
- Stay alert: Long trips can be tough on the driver and for kids. Thus, plan for enough time to stop along the way and stretch. Don’t drive for too long without resting. Drowsy driving is just as dangerous as drunk or distracted driving.
- Share the road: Summer brings out more motorists, from motorcyclists, bicyclists, to pedestrians. Be mindful and courteous, and pay extra attention to the road.