- Before You Go: Make sure your car is well maintained. Make sure you have gotten the oil changed, the battery checked and the tires rotated before heading out on a road trip. Your car should be in good shape and ready to travel. Schedule a maintenance check-up a few weeks in advance.
- Check Your Tires: Check the air pressure, tread wear and make sure you have a spare. The tire pressure in your car needs to be checked at least once a month. Also, check your spare. A tire doesn’t have to be punctured to lose air.
- Protect Your Children: Make sure car seats and booster seats are properly installed. All children 13 and younger should ride in the backseat. And remember to always buckle up!
- Be Aware of Dangers to Your Child: Children are at high risk for hypothermia or heat stroke from being left unattended in a parked vehicle. Never leave your child alone in the car. If the outside temperature is 80⁰F, the temperature inside the vehicle can reach deadly levels in only 10 minutes.
- Avoid Fatigue on The Road: Stop for food and beverages, take time to pull over and rest, or stay overnight at a motel if you need to.
- Share the Road: Warmer weather attracts different types of roadway users. Motorcyclists, bicyclists and pedestrians are vulnerable road users; they do not have the protection of a car or truck, and collisions almost always result in injury.
- Avoid Distracted & Drunk Driving: Distracted driving can be anything that pulls your attention away from driving. Never text and drive or talk on the phone while driving. If you plan to have a drink while you are out, choose a designated driver before leaving the house.
- Put Together an Emergency Roadside Kit: Keep the suggested items in your trunk at all time: cell phone, first aid kit, flashlight, flares and a white flag, jumper cables, jack for changing a tire, work gloves and a change of clothes, basic repair tools and some duct tape, nonperishable food, drinking water, and medicines, extra windshield washer fluid, maps.
Written by Andrew Finkelstein | Last Updated: June 17, 2021