Before any longer trip, any time of year, remember to give your vehicle a check-up:
- Check the air pressure in all tires, including the spare,
- Make sure the wiper blades are functioning properly,
- Check battery life and inspect batteries and battery cables,
- Inspect brake pads and linings for wear; change the oil and filter according to manufacturer's service interval specifications, and
- Test the headlights, brake lights, turn signals, emergency flashers and interior lights
Move the beach gear over for the roadside emergency kit. Even if you've 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
- Emergency flat tire repair and/or spare tire
- Gloves, blankets and towels
- Hazard triangle, road flares, brightly colored distress sign, or 'Help' or 'Call Police' flag
- Screwdrivers and wrenches
- First aid kit
- Cell phone and charger
- Water for both the car radiator and your family
- High-calorie, non-perishable food
Traveling with kids?
- Always use proper safety restraints for all occupants
- Use the long drive as teaching moments about safe driving
- 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. If you become drowsy, don't hesitate to pull over to a safe location and rest until you feel able to continue the drive
- Use electronic devices to help keep away the boredom on the long drives, as long as its not distracting to the driver
Make sure to check and stock trunk supplies twice a year and remember never leave on a road trip with your vehicle's 'check engine light' or 'malfunction indicator light' lit up. If you take these precautions, you and your vehicle might be happier on the roads this summer. And don't forget to have fun!
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