Summer is when most people decide to plan an extended road trip. Kids are
usually on vacation for a whole 3 months, and the weather is warm and
mild enough to prevent bad weather from interfering with the roadways.
If you’re planning on taking a trip with your friends or family,
make sure to take these precautions before heading out on the highway.
Get Your Vehicle Checked
Before you head on an extended road trip, you want to ensure one of your
most important pieces of equipment is ready to go—your vehicle.
You may get your oil checked every month, but it doesn’t hurt to
take your car in to see a mechanic before taking a long trip. Make sure
your technician checks the engine oil, transmission and differential fluids,
hoses, air conditioner, belts, coolant, tire pressure, tire tread, brake
system, battery, and lights. You want to ensure everything is up and running
before you start out; otherwise, you could be spending half of your trip
waiting for roadside assistance and limping your car back home. Make sure
you also carry a spare tire with you in case you get a flat.
Pack for Emergencies
You may be heading far away from civilization at some point during your
trip. If you don’t prepare in advance, you may be stranded without
extra food and equipment. All cars should come equipped with an emergency
kit just in case your car does break down. In the kit, you should pack
a solar-chargeable phone charger or disposable cell phone, road flares,
bottles of water, sunscreen, rain poncho, umbrellas, books, games, snacks,
flashlights, and pillow or blankets (if space allows). You should also
have a fully packed first aid kit, which should come with antiseptic,
bandages, cotton balls, medical tape, cotton swabs, motion sickness medicine,
burn cream, aspirin, ibuprofen, and scissors. If your family has any other
conditions, pack for their specific needs as well.
Prepare for Navigation
Getting lost might be something you look forward to, but for others, it’s
a nightmare. If you don’t want to be stuck in an unfamiliar town
with no idea of how to get to your next destination, you will want to
take a GPS navigation system with you in addition to paper maps. Many
people already have a navigation system built into their smart phones,
but few people still use paper maps these days. If your navigation signal
stops working, however, you will need to be able to use a paper map to
reach your goals until your GPS navigation kicks in again.
Pack Entertainment for Kids
If you have children, you might already know how frustrating it can be
to travel with them. Kids are full of energy, which makes it difficult
for them to sit in a car for extended periods of time. Before you leave,
make sure you pack sufficient amounts of water, snacks, games, videos,
books, music, coloring books, and entertainment systems to keep them comfortable
and busy on the trip.
If you are injured on your road trip through the negligence or carelessness
of another driver, talk to our skilled
Kingston car accident attorneys in a free consultation. Our lawyers at
Mainetti, Mainetti & O’Connor, P.C. are dedicated to helping the victims of negligence recover compensation
for their medical bills, lost wages, and property damage. Let us examine
your case and make a recommendation about your best legal course of action.
Contact us at (845) 350-HURT for your free consultation today!