Holiday Road Trip? Make it Smooth, Easy, and Safe

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If you and your loved ones plan to hit the road this season, be sure to take the proper safety precautions

A holiday road trip is one of the best ways to spend time with family and friends during the season. However, if you’re not careful and well-prepared, your holiday road trip could be filled with hassles, setbacks, and even safety risks for you or your family. But don’t worry—just do little bit of preparation and follow the tips below so that your holiday road trip goes off without a hitch!

Have your car and tires inspected for any potential problems

It’s always smart to make sure your vehicle gets regular inspections, but it’s even more important if you’re thinking about driving for an extended period of time. An unknown city is the last place you want to have to deal with repairs, insurance, and the additional costs of a serious trip delay. So to avoid these potential pitfalls, get a full checkup before you leave town.

Plan route in advance and prepare for unexpected traffic

A holiday road trip is a great way to relax with loved ones, however, you’re probably not the only one who wants to hit the open road this holiday season. Every year, millions of families decide to drive across the country to visit family—or simply to see a new city for a few days. Unfortunately, this can lead to serious traffic jams (especially around major metropolitan areas).

Therefore, you might want to consider doing research online so you can plan out a route that takes you a little further away from big cities, as well as away from construction zones, one-lane roads, and other potential hazards and delays.

Have roadside assistance contact information on hand (and a charged cellphone to call with)

Making sure you have roadside assistance contact information is important on any trip—but even more important on a long holiday road trip. If you don’t currently subscribe to a roadside assistance program like AAA, you may want to consider doing so beforehand; especially if your vehicle is older, has a history of problems, or if you’re traveling through rural areas. Make sure to take a cellphone charger as well. If your phone is dead, it may prove difficult to call a roadside assistance service.

If you’re traveling with kids, make sure they understand basic safety tips

Remind children to avoid talking to strangers, go with young children on bathroom breaks during roadside stops, and consider giving them a whistle to use in case of emergency. It’s also a good idea to consider giving children a cellphone to make sure they can contact you in case they somehow get lost or if an unexpected accident or emergency occurs on the road.

Of course, don’t forget to pack toys, books, iPads, DVD players, or other forms of entertainment for your younger travelers. Babies, kids, and teens (even some adults) often enjoy taking naps on the road, so packing pillows and blankets before you hit the road is another great way to keep your passengers happy.

Most importantly, have fun while being safe

While safety comes first, the main objective of any holiday road trip is to have fun. So try new things, eat delicious foods, visit some awesome attractions, and most importantly, treasure the time you have with your friends and family.

For more road safety tips and information on how to stay safe this holiday season with the proper auto insurance policy, contact Avante Insurance for a free consultation.