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long roadSummer is here and with it come road trips, everything you need to be safe lies here within this article.  We have taken toll of all the most important things to look for and what tips we can give you to ensure that you are safe.

  1. Be practical, when you know that you will spend some time in the car keep some useful items in there such as plastic forks and knives, napkins and wipes for when you eat in the car along the way.
  2. Stock up on snacks, when you stop at rest stops you might be charged more and your options will be more limited, not to mention not the healthiest choice.  This way you can get what you want when you want it.
  3. Stop often, when you see rest stops you should really try to stop and use the restroom the reason for this is because it is very dangerous to drive with a full bladder, if you get into an accident and you have a full bladder and get into an accident it can explode.
  4. GET AAA. With just a phone call you can get roadside assistance 24 hours a day.
  5. Do not let your gas tank get to empty, when your car is running low on gas your engine inhales all of the toxins and waste, pollution that is found along the bottom of the gas tank.
  6. Save on gas mileage by driving smoothly, stop sudden starts and stops.
  7. Get your car checked out before you head out.  Take it to your mechanic, get the oils topped off, windshield fluid filled etc.
  8. Keep your valuables out of sight, keep them in the trunk of glove box and do not go into the trunk before walking into a store, if someone is looking to steal from you, this is the perfect opportunity for them to see where you are keeping your valuables.
  9. If you are travelling across state lines, well you might want to be familiar with their local laws, cell use for example is illegal in some states but not in others.
  10. Rental cars have always stood the test of road trips, why put unnecessary miles on your car? Become familiar with this rental car and remember that by the gas gauge there should be an arrow pointing to where the gas tank is for when you go to the gas station.
  11. Map out the route, do not rely only on GPS, they have issues more than not.
  12. Do not drink the night before you go on the road, doing so can lower your defenses and reaction time.  You need to be clear headed when you are out on the road.
  13. When it comes to pulling over only do so when you can safely.  Try to get to the rest stop, stopping on the shoulder is very dangerous so avoid it when possible.
  14. Take occasional rests, get out and stretch your legs, walk around you want to be safe and ensure that you are not tired when you are driving.
  15. Check that your tire pressure is accurate to help your MPG last longer.

When it comes to road trips you want to plan as much as possible.  Plan the route, plan alternate routes, this can be done through GPS and the use of a map. You want to be aware of your surroundings, making sure that you and your loved ones are safe.

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