July is the most popular time in the United States for people to pack up the car, the family, and take a road trip to across the country or across their home state. Whether you are planning a cross-country road trip or a trip to your summer cabin, it is very important that you are traveling the roads in a safe manner.
In the installment of Tuesday Tips, we will be discussing the importance of practicing safe driving and how to prepare for the unexpected while traveling.
Use caution in work zones. Many road crews are using the summer months to get road projects done and you may come across work zones throughout your travels. Make sure to reduce speed in these zones and keep a watchful eye on traffic.
Never follow the car ahead of your too closely, especially if it is raining.
Clean your headlights, taillights, and signal lights before you leave.
Pack an emergency kit that contains a first aid kit, road flairs, fix-a-flat, high-protein snacks, water bottles, a flashlight, extra cash, road maps, and extra cell phone chargers.
Keep watch for changing weather patterns wherever you are traveling. If you are driving into a storm, consider taking a different route or pulling over to a safe place until the storm passes.
Do not let your gas tank become too low. Pull over and fill up when your gas tank gets to a ¼ of a tank.
Ask your insurance agent if you have roadside assistance covered in your auto insurance coverage. If so, make sure you have all the roadside numbers in case you need to call a local dispatcher to get help if you experience car troubles.
We hope you have an enjoyable summer road trip. Take these Tuesday Tips into account before leaving on your trip. Also, remember to check back here every week to see what is going on in our blog.