A road trip is an American tradition and a great adventure. While you are traveling, your car becomes your home away from home. Many travelers use their cars as a place to eat, a shelter from the elements, and sometimes even a temporary spot to sleep. Even more importantly, you are relying on your vehicle to get you safely from one destination to another.
Before you leave home, give your projected itinerary to someone trustworthy in case something goes wrong with your car. Make sure your auto insurance provides adequate coverage. Our agents will be happy to review your policy with you to ensure you have the coverage you need. In addition, the following tips can help ensure a safe and pleasant road trip.
Check your car over carefully (or have a mechanic do it) to ensure there are no mechanical problems before setting out on your trip. Items to check include:
Finally, remember that the driver is the most important factor in trip safety. Know your limits and stop to rest when you need to. If you are too tired to drive safely, pull off the road or stay in a motel overnight. Go for steady driving over speed to reduce your risk of an accident and improve gas mileage. Listen to music to avoid boredom. Never tailgate, and stay away from large commercial trucks. Proper preparation and the right approach to driving can help make your road trip both enjoyable and safe.