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Throughout the holiday season and the winter months, Americans like to travel. Some of them head home to spend time with their families, some of them travel south to wait out the worst of the winter in the northern states, and some take advantage of work breaks to spend some time where it’s warm. Some vacationing families take planes and trains to get to their destinations, but others spend most of their time on the roads.
If that’s the case for you or your family, you should make sure you take steps to avoid accidentally stranding yourself along the road, and you should also prepare your vehicle with the right supplies in case it happens anyway. By taking these steps before you leave, you’ll be able to avoid the worst disasters that can happen when you spend all day on the highway.
Get A Full Vehicle Inspection Before You Leave
The car, truck, van, or SUV you take on your vacation will need to run for several hours at a time without overheating, slipping a belt, or causing any other sort of issue. The best way to avoid this kind of problem is to take the vehicle to your mechanic and have them inspect it, maintain it, and replace any parts that need replacing based on the current mileage. For that matter, if the vehicle will pass a major milestone on the road you should get the maintenance done before you leave.
Pack For Emergencies
Depending on how many people are coming, how long the trip will last, and how large your cargo area is, you may have trouble fitting everything in place. However, you should still set some space aside for emergency supplies like food, clean water, road flares, reflective triangles, and blankets. You may not need them during your trip, but if you do you’ll be glad that you have them. You should also have a portable charger for your phone in case the vehicle’s battery dies.
Share Your Travel Plans With Someone You Trust
In general, it’s a bad idea to talk about your vacation plans and where you are on social media since burglars can use this information to decide when to rob your house. However, you should still make sure that someone back home knows where you’ll be going and how to contact you in case something happens to your home or something happens to you. If you’re especially worried about what could happen, you can check in with this person regularly and share news about what’s going on.
Buy A Roadside Assistance Policy
Roadside assistance can cover things like towing, spare gas, replacement tires, jump starts, and other needs you might have if your vehicle breaks down. There are a variety of ways you can get a policy like this, such as through a warranty, as part of your auto insurance, or through a separate policy with a company like AAA. However you get it, roadside assistance can help get you back on the road quickly, at least as long as you remembered to bring your cell phone.
Road trips are the worst times for something to go wrong with your car, and since these trips demand a lot from them it’s more likely to happen than during ordinary driving. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to avoid breaking down and ways you can get back on the road without wasting too much time. And if the worst does happen, make sure you get the full value from your insurance claim by consulting with a personal injury lawyer before you cash any checks.