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Tips for a safe family road trip

Before you hit the road this spring, follow this checklist to get your family and vehicle in gear for fun!

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Like four flowers ready to bloom, the Page crew—myself, most definitely included—are anxious to hit the road.

Tips for a safe road trip

Of course, before we pack up the family car and take the road trip we’ve been pining for all winter, we’re going to ensure a few checklist items have been addressed with care. You see, we want to make sure that we’ve planned for not only a fun vacation, but a safe one!

Below are a few tips for a safe road trip this spring and summer!

Tips for a safe road trip

Tips for a safe road trip

1. Check tire pressure and wear — Apply the manufactured suggested air pressure found on the inside panel of the driver side door or in your vehicle owner’s manual. Improperly inflated tires impact gas mileage, wear & tear on the tire, and also wear and tear on the suspension. Also, your tires heat up on long trips which might cause blowouts, so make sure your tires have an acceptable tread depth.

2. Check fluid levels — Be sure to check oil, coolant and brake fluid levels. Low fluid levels can increase the stress to the part or systems the fluid is servicing. Low fluid levels can also tip you off to a potential fluid leak you may be unaware of. You certainly don’t want to face system failures and costly repairs, particularly when you’re not close to home.

3. Inventory emergency equipment — Emergency equipment inside your car include maps, a cell phone, and a spare tire. Because I’m traveling with precious cargo (my kids!) I also like to keep bottled water, a few snacks, a flashlight, a first aid kit, and blankets in the car.

4. Check your lights and signals — Ask a friend or family member to stand outside the car while you check the signals, headlights and tail lights. Even if you don’t think there’s a problem, it’s always best to do one more check before embarking on your trip.

5. Call your insurance agent — Whether you’re renting a car or driving your family vehicle, it’s a good idea to reach out to your insurance agent to discuss possible issues while on the road to ensure you’re covered in the case of an accident. You can also take this time to inquire about your roadside assistance. Whether it’s a flat tire, empty gas tank, or engine failure, a good roadside service plan can offer so much peace of mind.

It’s always a good idea to follow these steps before setting off on a family road trip. When it’s finally time to start your vacation, you’ll feel good knowing that you’ve done your art in helping ensure a safe trip.

The final step? Have fun. Lots and lots of fun!

Do you have any road trips planned for the spring or summer?

Tips for a safe road trip

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11 Comments

  1. April 28, 2014 @ 11:16 am

    These are some really great tips, Crissy! We aren’t planning on any road trips this summer, but I’m sure one or two will pop up.

    By the way, I have an Acadia Denali too. Love it. Such a comfy ride.

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  2. April 28, 2014 @ 11:52 am

    Great checklist! My husband is really good at checking tire pressure and stuff, he went to school to be a mechanic! So I feel pretty safe!

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  3. April 28, 2014 @ 11:56 am

    Thanks for the great tips. I am actually planning a road trip for the family this summer.

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  4. April 28, 2014 @ 12:20 pm

    Great post and so relevant with the summer being such a busy time for road travel.

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  5. April 28, 2014 @ 12:29 pm

    Great tips! The thought of being stranded on the side of the road with little ones (and a dog in tow) is not my idea of a good trip. A little preparation goes a long way!

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  6. April 28, 2014 @ 12:59 pm

    Great tips! I can totally relate to #2. The last road trip John went on he broke down on the highway. Turned out his oil was almost non-existent. We had to get a tow and I had to drive over an hour to pick him up. If had of checked prior to leaving we could have saved both time, hassle and money!

    We’re heading out in June for another road trip. We won’t be making that mistake this time around!

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  7. April 28, 2014 @ 1:05 pm

    I do have a road trip planned for this summer. But first, I have to get new tires on my SUV. Great tips!

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  8. April 28, 2014 @ 1:06 pm

    Great tips! We are always planning road trips and often check everything before we leave. Crazy enough though, I think we often forget #4. We take it for granted. Thanks for the reminder!

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  9. April 28, 2014 @ 1:17 pm

    We’re taking a road trip from San Diego to Seattle next month and these tips will definitely be on our check list!

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  10. April 28, 2014 @ 5:40 pm
    Crystal Nell

    My two daughters and I are traveling to my parents in AR for Mother’s Day and spending a week with them. Then, we are traveling around Texas touring colleges with my youngest daughter who will be a senior in the fall. It’s going to be a busy, yet fun summer!! P.S. I love your family picture!!

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  11. April 28, 2014 @ 5:55 pm

    This is a great list! Thank you. Safe travels!!

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