There is never a better time to go on a road trip than during those summer months. Just pack up the car and jump on the wide-open road to a fun and exciting destination. It’s best to play it safe though and take a few safety precautions before you hit the gas. We’ve compiled a quick checklist to go through before you hop on the road.
Safety Tip #1: Get Your Car Road-Ready
It’s a good idea to take your car in for a quick checkup to ensure there’s no potential issues you could run into while on the road. Key things to look at are that your tires have enough pressure, your car battery is good to go, and that you’ve had a recent oil change. The summer heat is especially rough on cars, so it’s a good idea to have a professional check your coolants and engine too.
Safety Tip #2: Pack an Emergency Kit
Don’t let that dreamy summer drive turn into an absolute nightmare by carrying an emergency kit in your car at all times. The kit should include items like: a mobile phone charger, flashlight with extra batteries, first aid kit, snacks, water, jumper cables, emergency flares or reflectors, basic tool kit and tire pressure gauge. According to this article, over 40% of motorists don’t carry such a kit and should!
Safety Tip #3: Put Away the Phone
Distracted driving is dangerous driving, and you should never have your phone in your hands diverting your attention from the road!
Safety Tip #4: Take Regular Breaks
If you’re going to be on the road for a while- especially if you plan on any nighttime driving, take a few breaks to help with fatigue. Fatigue and decreased visibility make it harder to drive safely and act quickly.
Safety Tip #5: Have Your Insurance Info Handy
Have your TGS Insurance agent’s contact information saved in your phone- just in case you need it! In the unfortunate event something does happen, take pictures, contact your insurance agent immediately, and always keep your auto insurance information close.
Safety Tip #6: Break Up the Trip
If you’re driving with more than one driver, split up the trip to avoid fatigue. Driving solo? Take multiple pit stops to fill up on gas, grab some snacks and chug some water- it helps keep you more alert!
Safety Tip #7: Traveling with Kids? Take a Few Extra Steps.
If you’re traveling with kids this summer, take the time to check the backseat to make sure it’s all child-proof. Double check that all the child safety locks are activated on windows and doors. Also make sure the car seat or booster seat is installed correctly. According to this article, 8 out of 10 car seats aren’t, putting children at serious risk or injury. Call 1-866-SEAT-CHECK to find a nearby location for a free safety seat inspection.
Safety Tip #8: Have Cash Handy
Store some cash in your glove compartment in the off-chance you’ll need it.
Safety Tip #9: Plan Your Route
Traveling has been made easier than ever in today’s digital world. You can easily pop your destination into your phone and go! Take some time to plan your route ahead of time and let a friend or family member know where you’re going and when you plan on getting there.
Safety Tip #10: Fill-Up Often
There’s nothing that can send a driver into sheer panic than seeing that gas light come on and not see a gas station in sight. Watch your gas tank often and start eyeing for gas stations when you get below half a tank.
Hit the road this summer with fun in mind, but safety in your back pocket with these tips. Stay smart and drive carefully! If you’re looking for a few additional road trip tips, check out our Road Trip Essentials Guide!