Road Trip Tips!

RoadTripRoad trips are always a great excuse to get away, visit friends, visit new and exciting places, and enjoy a different setting. Now – it’s easy to pack a bag of clothes and create a playlist for the long ride ahead of you, BUT it’s difficult to predict the unexpected. That’s why it’s always a good idea to be prepared!  Here are a few tips to prepare you for the long trip ahead of you:

  1. Vehicle Check-Ups – Go to a body shop near you to get a maintenance check-up done. You want to make sure your vehicle is in tip-top shape before you hit the road!
  2. Spare Tire Check – Check the air pressure in your spare tire to make sure it is all set and ready to go if needed. Also, make sure you have all the necessities to change the spare tire yourself (a jack, lug wrench, extra bolts).
  3. Gauge Alerts – In case one of your gauge lights go on, make sure to check the vehicle manual in the glove department to see if it’s something minor that you can fix. If it is out of your reach, stop at the closest auto shop.
  4. Emergency Kit & Medical Kit – Prepare and store an emergency and medical kit in your trunk.
  5. Travel Club – If you aren’t a member of a travel club or if you are not a part of a roadside assistance service, join one in case a sudden or unexpected breakdown occurs and the maintenance repair is out of your reach.
  6. Cell Phone Charger – Bring a car charger for your cellphone so it is always charged. Call friends or family members to keep them up to date with your status of where you are. Remember, safety first – pull over to use your cellular device so you aren’t using your phone while operating the vehicle.  
  7. Paper Map – Although you may have an electronic GPS, it’s always a good idea to bring a physical map with you in case the GPS has a dysfunction. Study the map to get familiar with the route and mark potential hot spots (restaurants, tourist attractions, hotels, etc.) along the route.
  8. Bring a Friend – Bring a friend to keep you company and with a valid driver’s license so you have the opportunity to take turns driving. It’s always good to just sit back and relax and have someone else take the wheel!
  9. Rest-Area Stops – Take advantage of rest stops, that’s what they are there  for! Stretch your legs and go for a short walk.  
  10. Goody Bag – Stop at the grocery store before you head off.  Pack a cooler with plenty of water to stay hydrated as well as some road snacks so you aren’t spending a fortune at pit stops. Munchies ideas: trail mix, pretzels, PB&J sandwiches, pre-cut vegetables, fruit, granola bars, cheese and crackers.
March 4th, 2014 by Quincy Insurance Agency LLC