Your Auto Insurance Travel Checklist!
A road trip is an opportunity to take a more leisurely journey to your destination than traveling by air. You will enjoy the journey the most if you prepare for any problems that could arise, however. The most important part of any trip is to ensure you travel safely. Here are tips for preparing for your road trip.
Have Your Vehicle Checked
Driving long distances challenges a car in ways that city driving does not. The last thing you want to experience is a break down or an accident on the highway. Car safety should be at the top of your list. Get it tuned up, get the tires checked and have any repairs made before you hit the road.
No matter where you go, you need to make sure you have the best auto insurance and carry proof of insurance with you in case you get pulled over. It is also wise to have the phone number of your car insurance agent with you in case you need to contact the agent with any questions. If you are planning to allocate driving duty to others traveling with you, make sure to check your insurance policy to make sure they will be covered. Otherwise, you should upgrade your policy.
Pack an emergency kit for the car. At minimum, this should include a basic first aid kit, a flashlight with extra batteries, a flat tire kit, lug wrench, a jack, jumper cables, and emergency LED flares. It is also a good idea to carry a small fire extinguisher, an emergency blanket, extra water and a gas can.
Most people these days depend on GPS to find the best routes, but GPS occasionally leads travelers astray. Have back up road maps at hand in case something goes wrong with your GPS device.
Check the Weather Forecast
Check the weather forecast for your route. Determine where hotels are along the way in case you need to avoid driving through bad storms.
Driving can be tiring and fatigue can lead to accidents. Remember to take frequent breaks and don’t worry about getting to your destination fast; just think of getting there safely. Distracted driving also causes accidents, so don’t let your thoughts about your destination or others in the vehicle interfere with your attention to the road.