Some Tips For a Safe Long-Distance Road Trip

You know, whether you’re traveling by yourself or with a good friend, or the entire family, that is pretty much what we as Americans do for one of our favorite past-times. Even with the economy the way it is, there will be countless vacation travelers driving the highways this summer and creating ever lasting memories to cherish for a lifetime! If these adventures are in your plans this summer, you may want to take the time to prepare for that “road trip.” Rest assured, if you plan ahead, you will enjoy your trip so much more. Here are a few driving tips to help you plan for your adventure:

1) Make Sure Your Car Maintenance is Up-To-Date. We would not tell you to do the maintenance a day before your trip, but make sure you go through your vehicle thoroughly and your vehicle is up to date on its maintenance schedule. Most importantly, be sure to check the battery, fluids, belts, and tires. Check the spare as well!

2) Plan Your Trip Ahead of Time. Make sure you get all of your directions ahead of time to make it there safely. Have a contingent route in case there are issues while in route. Most everyone has a GPS these days, but a few paper maps won’t hurt! With this type of planning, you’re more likely to make better decisions in dangerous situations, if you’re clearheaded and know exactly where you’re going.

3) Always Be Alert. We know this is an obvious statement, but driver inattention is one of the biggest causes of accidents. Staying focused behind the wheel will ensure a safer and more enjoyable trip. Also, if you are using cell phones, make sure you use a hands free earpiece. Cell phones can be a lifesaver when you need immediate access to emergency services after an accident, so keep your phone within easy reach and get to know its features, but be prepared to use it hands free…if driving. Studies show that cell phone usage and texting while driving increases the chance of accidents.

5) Always Wear Your Seat Belt. It doesn’t matter if they are required by law in the state through which you’re driving; you should always wear your seat belt as a safety precaution, and make sure everyone else does as well.

6) Drive With You Lights On. Most cars today have automatic lighting these days, but make sure your lights are on while driving since it helps other drivers see you. Also make sure your bright lights are not on as this is distracting to other drivers.

7) Take Immediate Steps if You Are Involved in an Accident. Doing this can protect your family, and vehicle from any further damage. Always stop immediately and move you’re your car off the road to a safe spot that is not hindering traffic. Immediately turn off your vehicle to prevent overheating or worse yet… catching fire. Make sure you warn oncoming cars using road flares or orange triangle reflectors, but do this in a safe fashion. Call 911 for assistance, and last but not least, when all is safe, call your insurance agent or company.

8) Make Sure Your Auto Insurance is Up-To-Date. Most people over look this, but make sure you review your policy (with your agent if need be) before you leave on your trip. You want to make sure you’re protected when on the road and away from home. Your independent insurance agent or broker can provide that personal service and advice you need to travel in confidence. That is the value they add to your coverage and they should enjoy helping you and your family enjoy your wonderful road trip!

“Our blogs are for general education and information only and may not represent your unique needs. Coverages will vary. Please contact your insurance agent to verify your specific policy terms and conditions.”

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