Holiday Road Trip Safety Tips

Before heading out for a road trip, make sure to follow these important steps to ensure vehicle safety this holiday season.

  1. Check your tires. Make sure to check the air pressure and tread of all tires, including the spare. Keep a tire gauge in your car and replace your tires if the tread is worn down to 1/16th of an inch.
  2. Check the belts and hoses. Look under the hood to make sure there are no obvious signs of wear and tear on the belts, and that all the hoses are properly connected.
  3. Check the fluid levels. Get an oil change if needed and make sure that the brake fluid, automatic transmission, power steering, windshield washer, and coolant fluids are all full. Check for leaks as well.
  4. Check the lights. Make sure the headlights, brake lights, turn signals, emergency flashers and interior lights are all working and that nothing is obstructing them.
  5. Check child safety seats. Check to make sure that the safety harness fits properly on the child.
  6. Do not leave a child unattended in a vehicle.
  7. Create an emergency kit. Some suggested items include: a cellphone, first aid kit, flashlight, flares, red flag, jumper cables, car jack for changing tires, work gloves, change of clothes, basic tools, duct tape, jug of water, paper towels, nonperishable food, medicines, blankets, extra windshield washer fluid, and maps.
  8. Don’t rush. Allow plenty of time to reach your destination.
  9. Use caution on snow and ice. Drive below the posted limit and leave more room in between cars.
  10. Stay focused and alert. Allow enough time for breaks and stop at a hotel to sleep if you are fatigued.
  11. Make it an adventure.
  12. Wear your seat belt.

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