When it comes to planning a road trip one thing is for certain you do not want to be unprepared for the unexpected. This holiday season, follow these tips to be sure you do not encounter any unexpected bumps and curves during your travels.
Before any road trip, always be sure that your vehicle is up to date on maintenance such as tire rotations, oil and filter changes, and that it has recently had a tune-up. Have a trusted mechanic give your vehicle a look over if it has been a while since your car's last check up.
Ensure your driver's license is up to date, and that you have the phone number to your insurance carrier or agent, as well as roadside assistance if you have it. An updated copy of your insurance policy and registration should be easily accessible, like in your vehicle's glove box or console.
If you do not already have an emergency kit, get one. Be sure that it is fully stocked with items that you may need such as a first aid kit, flashlight with extra batteries, jumper cables, and safety flares. Make sure these items are in working condition. You could always throw in some bottled water and a blanket, just in case.
Try limiting your driving to no more than 7 to 8 hours a day. Be sure to take rests every couple of hours by stopping and getting out to walk around and stretch your legs.
Consume foods that will help you sustain energy, but avoid heavy meals as it will make you feel lethargic and tired – exactly what you do not want on a long road trip. If you can, switch drivers with other passengers that are legally able to drive.
Wherever your holiday travels may take you, always be safe and prepared.
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