Safety Tips

When setting out on a holiday road trip, it’s always important to keep safety in mind, especially if winter weather could be a factor. Here are some suggestions from our team:

  • Have someone else be the navigator and DJ while driving.
  • Have your vehicle serviced before a long drive.
    • Prepare for winter weather.
    • Make sure you have tires that perform well on ice and snow.
    • Plenty of antifreeze.
    • Make sure windshield wipers are working.
    • Put extra weight on your rear axle, especially if driving a pickup truck. (Cinder blocks or bags of salt work well for this.)
  • Brush up on weird state driving laws of states you’re passing through
    • i.e. Michigan you can’t turn left, etc.
  • Train teen drivers in the ways of winter driving if they are helping out on the road.
  • Consider taking a refresher course online that covers:
    • Defensive driving
    • Proper stopping
    • Following distance
    • How to not spin out/ fish-tail
    • Pack blankets, flashlights, matches, snacks, a first aid kit, and water bottles in your car in case you get stuck.
  • Make sure your glove compartment is stocked with the essentials:
    • Proof of insurance
    • Registration
    • Maps
    • Owner’s manual
    • Flashlight
    • Batteries
    • Cash
  • Get a AAA membership.
  • Make sure your navigation system is in place and working properly.
    • If using your phone, make sure you have the proper audio hookup, etc.

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