People take road trips all year long. Sometimes they are for pleasure and sometimes they are for business. If you have a road trip coming up, not matter where you plan to go, you need to make sure that you have a plan set in place and prepare for anything that could come at you, ahead of time.
Many things can happen on a road trip. Your car could break down, you could get in an accident, your vehicle could be stolen at a rest stop, or numerous other things. That’s why you need to be prepared so that even if something does go wrong you can remain safe.
Check Your Coverage
Make sure that your vehicle insurance coverage is up-to-date, and that you have your papers with you. You may even want to contact your insurance provider and find out if you are missing anything you should have when visiting another state.
If you do get into an accident, you should have an accident checklist with you to make sure that you don’t forget any of the steps you need to take when reporting an accident. You don’t know how frazzled you will be when an accident strikes, so it could be easy to forget something as common as exchanging your insurance information.
Pack An Emergency Kit
Make sure that you have an emergency kit with you just in case of an accident or breakdown. You want to have things like a first aid kit, water, and some snacks, to start off with. These things can help during a breakdown or a minor accident (even if you just trip and fall and scrape your knee at the rest stop).
You also need to have jumper cables, check that you have a working jack, make sure your spare tire is in working order, and maybe even carry a can of flat fix with you.
Have Your Vehicle Checked
Take your vehicle in for a checkup before you hit the road. Have your oil and transmission fluid checked. Get your tires checked, for tread wear and air pressure. You should also have them check your engine and brakes as well, just to make sure everything is in top shape.
You can check your lights and blinkers yourself, from home. Make sure your seat belts are all in working order as well!
Make A Checklist For Your Supplies
Your vehicle isn’t the only thing you want to make sure is perfect for your road trip. You also need to make sure you have a checklist of all of the stuff you need for your trip, and like Santa, you should check it twice. While there are some things you can pick up on the road, there are others (like medications) that are far more difficult to replace if you forget them.