What do I need to do to plan for a safe road trip?

"What planning should we do to stay safe on a road trip and make it home in one piece? My friends want to take a cross-country road trip to celebrate graduation. While that sounds exciting, it also feels scary!"

“Road Trips are fun and a great bonding experience! To stay safe, you and your friends must prepare for what may go wrong before you leave. Here are some tips that will help:

Make sure the car you are taking gets fully inspected by a mechanic before you leave.

  • All fluids need to be topped off and oil changed.
  • Tires need to be checked, rotated.
  • Make sure all lights are in working order.

Have the car fully stocked with safety equipment.

Since it is such a long trip, you will want to invest in:
  • Jumper cables and a jump box
  • First aid kit
  • Flashlights
  • Carjack
  • Emergency roadside equipment.
Check the National Safety Council website; they have a comprehensive list of what you will need.

Don’t rely on just your phone or GPS.

There will be times when you won’t have a signal. Make sure someone can read a map or get in touch with AAA. They create what is called a TripTik for road trips. It will be a turn-by-turn guidebook to your final destination.

Have planned check-in times with friends or family and stick to them!

This way, everyone at home will know you are safe or know to seek help if they don’t hear from you.
In addition to roadside assistance, it’s worth knowing you have full towing coverage should anything happen.”
Shannon Martin
Answered on Jul 28, 2021
Shannon is an expert in personal lines liability insurance with 13 + years of insurance industry experience. She also served as a special insurance liaison to AARP members for 6 of those years. She is a graduate of UL Lafayette and currently resides in NY with her family. Shannon is also an amateur juggler, ukulele player, and is a time travel paradox theory enthusiast.

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