School is out and families are piling into minivans across Georgia and hitting the open road. Whether you are traveling for a quick overnight trip or for a longer period of time, it’s important to do some prep work to help make your trip safer. Here are 5 tips to help keep you and your loved ones safe on the road:
- GET A TUNE-UP – While it is important to stay on top on regular car maintenance throughout the year, we strongly recommend a tune-up before a road trip. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recommends you have your tires, battery, belts, fluids and air conditioner checked by a qualified mechanic.
- EMERGENCY SUPPLIES – Being prepared in the event of a car accident or weather disaster is important. We recommend packing an emergency kitwith supplies such as a flashlight, first-aid kit and a blanket. Don’t forget to pack water and extra snacks as well.
- SMART PACKING – Overloading your vehicle can put you and others in danger. Make sure your view isn’t obstructed out the back and side windows and secure any items that may cause harm in an accident.
- REVIEW YOUR AUTO INSURANCE POLICY – To help better prepare you in the event of an accident, make sure you understand your current auto insurance policy and how to file a claim.
- PRACTICE SAFE DRIVING – According to the NHTSA, driving drowsy is a contributing factor in 100,000 accidents annually. Switch off with another adult driver when necessary and get a good night’s sleep prior to your trip. Here’s a list of simple things you can do to drive more safely.
Reduce the risk of unsafe travel by practicing these 5 tips before you hit the road for vacation or any extended travel. The small investment of prep work time can make the difference between a pleasant trip and a disaster.
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