Summer is almost here and it is vacation time! We want you and your loved ones to enjoy your summer travel. Most of all, we want you to be safe. The number of travelers on roads increase over the summer, so being safety-minded is a must. Planning is always important, but remember, things usually happen that are unexpected. With that in mind, here are a few tips we’ve put together for you to keep in mind for your summer trip.
1. Have your car checked before you leave on your trip. Having things such as the coolant tank, radiator, belts and hoses, oil, battery, filters, and brakes are a good idea. . Checking things out ahead of time can save you a lot of time and money in the long run by avoiding expensive breakdowns somewhere away from home.
2. Make sure your driver’s license, vehicle registration, and insurance are all current. Also, don’t forget to take them with you on the trip.
3. Put together an emergency kit for the car that includes at least a flashlight (include extra batteries), flares or reflective triangles, jumper cables, water, and a first aid kit.
4. Once you’ve started and are on the road, take turns driving. If you are diving alone, pull over and take breaks, even a short nap. Driving too long and getting tired puts you at risk for accidents. Take frequent breaks and stretch your legs as it cuts down on travel fatigue.
5. Don’t let your fuel get low. You will likely be driving in an area that you are not familiar with. You could get stuck in traffic before you find a gas station. The last thing you want is to run out of gas.
6. Plan your route ahead of time. Make sure you try and avoid rush hour traffic. If you will be driving through a major city, plan it so that you do not travel through the city during peak driving times.
7. GPS is a wonderful tool, but what if there is no mobile service? Bring a map with you in case GPS does not work. Make sure loved ones know where you are traveling and stay in contact over the course of your trip.
8. Make sure you get enough sleep. A sleepy driver is an impaired driver and that means the chance of accidents increase. Take your time and don’t push your limits. Take care of yourself so that you reduce the risk of any problems.
9. Buckle. Up. Your. Seatbelt.
10. Most of all, have fun and enjoy your trip. Travel with a plan and drive safely.
Friendship Complete Auto Care is ready to help with your summer travel plans. Call us today and schedule an appointment so we can check out your vehicle and make sure it is road ready.