As you start planning your family’s next trip, you’ll also need to take steps to ensure safety on the road. Ensuring that you have covered these bases will greatly reduce the risk of issues while you and your family are traveling.
Get Your Car Professionally Serviced
While you may be up to date on your routine maintenance, it is a good idea to have a professional assess your vehicle before you hit the road. This will include everything from checking fluids, brakes and the air conditioning system. This can prevent untimely issues from developing when you are far from home.
Ensure Drivers Have Adequate Sleep
During the frenzy of packing up for an extended road trip, it can be difficult to settle down for a good night's sleep before heading out. Lack of adequate sleep, however, is a common cause of traffic accidents. If it is possible to have more than one driver, switching off driving duties can ensure that the driver is alert. This will keep you and your children safe. If it isn’t possible to break up the driving duties, be sure to take frequent breaks.
An Emergency Kit
A well-stocked vehicle includes an up-to-date emergency kit. Before heading out, make sure that the emergency kit is stocked with current supplies. This should include first aid supplies, as well as a flashlight, flares and blankets. You’ll also need jumper cables and some small tools. This can make a real difference when you are stuck on the side of the road.
Get the Car Ready for Kids
Check the backseat for any safety issues that may affect your children. This includes ensuring that windows and locks are functioning properly. Look for any loose items that could be choking hazards. Also, check that car seats are securely attached. While it may be tempting to take off seat belts during a long drive, remind kids that they are important for their safety.
During a long road trip, your kids will get bored so make sure that there are some activities for them to engage in. This may include coloring books, toys and small snacks.
At Kyle Insurance Group in Broomfield, CO, our team also encourages you to review your auto insurance policy before you and your family head out on a road trip. Making sure that you have adequate coverage can make a real difference when your family hits the road. Taking steps to prepare your vehicle and your family for a road trip is not hard. It just takes a few minutes of time. For your insurance needs, give us a call!