Heading out on the road this summer? Make sure to follow these tips to stay safe.
With the coronavirus pandemic, more and more people will drive to their summer vacation destination versus flying this year. It is important to make sure your vehicle is properly maintained and has the right emergency supplies to keep your family safe. Before you hit the road, make sure to the following:
Pack an emergency kit:
Even if you have prepared your vehicle for summer travel, it never hurts to have a “just in case” kit in your trunk. Your emergency kit should include:
- Jumper cables in case you or someone else needs a jump start
- Emergency flat tire repair and/or spare tire
- Screwdrivers and wrenches
- First aid kit
Road trip checkup
Cars today have so many electronic safety features that we take this for granted. It is always good to give your vehicle a once over before you head out on a long trip. Make sure to:
- Check the air pressure in all tires, including the spare,
- Make sure the wiper blades are fresh and relatively new.
- Inspect batteries and battery cables,
- Make sure someone has inspected brake pads and linings for wear;
- Make sure the oil and filter have been serviced at the proper interval
- Test the headlights, brake lights, turn signals, emergency flashers and interior lights
Check your fluid levels
- Automatic transmission
- Power steering
- Windshield washer and coolant
- Just to be sure, it is always a good idea to take your vehicle in to be serviced to confirm these have been filled accordingly
Beat the Heat
- Inspect the radiator cap to make sure it is tight
- Look at the belts, and hoses to make sure they are in good shape with no signs of wear and tear, cracks, or cuts.
- If you can, park in the shade
- Use a windshield sun It is a great way to keep your car cool
Kids in the car?
- Make sure to always use a car seat and seatbelt for your children
- Pack a cooler with healthy snacks like water, fruit, nuts, and granola
- Stop every few hours to let the kids stretch their legs. Adults should take the time to exit the vehicle and stretch too.
- Use electronic devices to help keep away the boredom on the long drives
- Remember to stay focused on what you are doing, regardless of how the kids are behaving.
It’s easy to see why summer is the most popular season for road trips. There’s nothing like sitting next to an open car window letting a mild breeze slip through your hair. Just follow these few simple tips and you will make your summer execution that much more fun