10 Tips for Keeping your Family Safe on the Road

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10 Tips for Keeping your Family Safe on the Road

I know a lot of you guys are traveling this summer- and we are too! Here are a few tips that you might not think of to help you stay safe while traveling!

  1. Get plenty of sleep before the trip!
  2. Make sure you have a general car check-up/tuning. (check all of your fluids, gas, tires, and any cracks in windows!)
  3. If you’re feeling tired, pull over or get out at a rest area!!
  4. No phones! Talking on the phone or texting is dangerous while driving- even more so when you are tired!
  5. Only use well-lit locations at night. Don’t stop at gas stations and restuarant that don’t have good lighting.
  6. Keep an emergency kit in the car. Every time we travel we also have a cell phone (even a pre-paid one!) for emergencies, along with band-aids, neosporin, gauze, Advil, emergency phone numbers/ID card, etc. It’s better to be safe than sorry when it comes to your families safety!
  7. Carry extra car fluids in the trunk and fill up your tank at 1/4 full. You don’t want to run out of gas in the middle of nowhere – even if on the interstate. And if your car overheats because the fluids are low you will wish you had some in the car!! It’s safer to have it with you than walking miles to get it!
  8. Make sure car seats are installed properly. When traveling with kids you always want to double check that they are in the age/weight appropriate seating. You always want to do this anyways-but especially for road trips.
  9. Carry a map/road atlas. I can’t tell you how many times we’ve gotten lost in the middle of nowhere- and if you’re not careful you can run out of gas and really be in trouble! Having a map handy in your car is one way to ensure (if you don’t have a GPS system!) your current location and how to get back to where you are supposed to be!
  10. Carry a can of Fix-A-Flat and a self-container car jumper. If you get a flat tire or your car breaks down- these items will help you get to a close location for help safer than walking along a highway!
Just a side note too- be careful about driving with chips and cracks in your windshield! Believe it or not we’ve had 3 windshields in the past year- crazy huh? A small chip shouldn’t be ignored- especially before a long trip! A small chip (smaller than 6 inches) can easily be repaired BEFORE you go on your trip! You can have a company like Safelite AutoGlass repair it with a simple resin. We have had to do this before- and they come out within 24 hours AND they come to your house so you don’t have to drive with an unsafe window! I couldn’t believe that they do it right in your garage. A chip in your windshield can turn into a crack at anytime, so repairing it is much more economical and safe than allowing it to get bigger!
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  1. fancygrlnancy says:

    Great tips!

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