With summer right around the corner it’ll soon be a great time to take a road trip.
Here are some tips to make sure you and your vehicle are prepared for the journey.
- Before you hit the road, have your vehicle inspected. A basic inspection is not
very expensive and will cover the brakes, tires, suspension, lights, cooling system,
and other basic drive train components. Also, if you have an older vehicle, an air
conditioner inspection is also a great idea. You don’t want to be driving for hours in
the summer with a full load of passengers without air conditioning.
- Check your tire pressure before you leave. Most tires require between
30-32psi. Don’t forget to check the spare tire as well.
- If you packed anything on the roof of the vehicle, make sure the majority of the
weight is concentrated in the middle of the roof.
- Don’t pack anything heavy inside the passenger compartment of the vehicle.
Heavy and sharp objects can become projectiles during an accident.
- Pack an emergency kit with you. A good emergency kit should include a
flashlight, a first aid kit, jumper cables, gloves, rope, and tire inflator.
- Always bring extra water. Although you may be traveling on major roads, a flat
tire or breakdown can occur miles from the nearest exit. Standing on the side of the
highway in the hot afternoon sun can lead to dehydration. Having extra water will
- If you’ve never changed a flat tire, perhaps you should try it in the comfort of
your own driveway a few days before you head out on your trip. The instructions are
in your owner’s manual and it only takes a few minutes. Don’t wait for an emergency
- While on the road, try to take a 15 minute break every 2 hours. This will keep
you alert and fresh.
- Pack plenty of entertainment for children. Travel toys and games can help pass
the time and reduce the chances of hearing “are we there yet?” every 10 minutes.
- Whenever you travel make sure that everyone has proper identification and
required documentation. This is especially important when traveling across state
and national boarders.
A road trip can be a fun experience. Follow these tips to make sure it’s a safe and