Whether it’s a long weekend at the beach or across the country for a family reunion, summer road trips mean lots of fun and lots of memories. Unfortunately, emergencies do sometimes happen. Being prepared for these emergencies ahead of time will ensure that everyone in your party remains safe and will be able to enjoy the trip again once more.
1. Check The Car Before Leaving
A flat tire is a minor inconvenience that can quickly turn into an emergency if you realize on the road you don’t have a spare tire or jack to fix it. Before leaving, make sure to check the vehicle for any problems and to ensure everything is where it should be. Check the oil, make sure coolant levels are at the right level, check the tires on the car for wear and make sure that the spare tire and jack are in their proper places. It’s also a good idea to get a professional towbar, like those offered at Arrow Towbars, installed in case you or other vehicles you are traveling with need to be towed.
2. Pack An Emergency Kit
An emergency roadside kit will help you should an accident or car problem occur. When packing the kit, select a sturdy container and include the following items:
Fire extinguisher that is rated for both Class B and Class C fires
First aid kit that includes bandages, gauze, antibiotic ointment and pain medication
Reflective warning triangles to warn oncoming traffic of problems
Jumper cables that are at least 10 feet long
Foam tire sealant to repair minor flat tires
Flashlight and extra batteries
Cell phone with charger
3. Organize A Binder With Necessary Paperwork
If a problem occurs on your road trip, time is of the essence. If you are broken down on the side of the road in the heat, it’s not the time to be digging through your car for the number of your roadside assistance company. Organize important papers, such as proof of insurance, car registration information, emergency roadside assistance paperwork and emergency contact numbers in a small binder and store it in the glovebox so the information can be easily located should an emergency occur.
The warm weather and long days make road trips a memorable way to travel during the summer months. Get prepared now before the trip begins in order to make it the best summer road trip possible.