Tips for Safe Summer Road Trips
Day officially starts the American family summer vacation
season. For most, it’s a time to think about picnics,
family gatherings, and road trips. With a few tips from
the expert automotive editors at Consumer Guide Automotive,
families can make their summer (or any) trips more enjoyable
and avoid the unexpected by being prepared.
“No matter how far families are traveling on the road, it is important to balance excitement and fun with the safety of everyone in the vehicle,” said Grant Whitmore, vice president of Consumer Guide Automotive. “Our automotive editorial team has outlined some key considerations to ensure that road trips are safe and exciting for the whole family.”
Consumer Guide Automotive Tips:
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Prior to departure, visually check the air conditioning, coolant and oil, wipers and wiper fluid, vehicle lights, horn, belts and hoses, and of course, the battery. Look for signs of wear, frayed wires, or fluid leaks.
Seating and restraints: Correct seating and restraints for adults and children are mandatory by law, and the best way to ensure everyone’s safety in the event of a crash.
Prepare an emergency kit: This should be kept in every vehicle at all times but may need to be updated for a road trip.
Emergency kits should contain a flashlight, flares, a first-aid kit, jumper cables, extra clothes and gloves, paper towels/cloths, wiper fluid, food, and water.
Additionally, drivers should keep a basic tool kit in the vehicle at all times containing a wrench, a ratchet and sockets, screwdrivers, and pliers or Vise-Grips.
If traveling into unfamiliar territory, get the names, addresses, and phone numbers of dealerships along your route. Knowing the closest dealership could come in handy in the event of a breakdown.
Take breaks: Both the driver and passengers need adequate breaks during a drive.
Know your route: Plan a driving route ahead of schedule, and bring a good map with destination details.
Know alternative routes for sudden changes in plans. Carry relevant maps as guides in these instances.
Entertaining children: Keeping children entertained and comfortable on a long trip is not an easy task. However, doing so will make the ride more enjoyable for all.
Before starting a road trip, make sure that children are involved in planning and preparation process.
Choosing to drive to a vacation destination can be a great way to spend quality time with family members. Planning ahead ensures the safety of the vehicle and its occupants, as well as assisting in making the drive fun and involving for all. Adequate preparation can take a summer road trip from a daunting experience to a memorable vacation.
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(Source: Consumer Guide Automotive)