Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Safety tips for your road trips this summer

Now that it is almost summer time, you might think about taking a road trip with your family. You want to have your vehicle in the best condition possible so you can be safe. Here are ten tips to get your car into tip-top shape before you head out on the road to make some family memories.

1. When it comes to windshield repairs, forget do-it-yourself repair kits. The resin could easily shrink or yellow, lowering the quality of the repair. Safelite AutoGlass uses a patented repair process… A vacuum is created over the damaged area and the resin penetrates and fills the finest micro-cracks. The technician pulls off the vacuum changer and the UV light hardens the resin. Safelite’s resin is proven to be the strongest and longest lasting on the market.

2. On your windshield a chip could turn into a crack at any time, often when you are least expecting it. Windshield repair is often a safe and economical alternative to a full windshield replacement.

3. Make sure the air pressure in your tires is correct. If a tire is too overinflated or underinflated, a blow out or flat tire can occur.

4. Make sure to have your oil changed right before your trip. It is important to consider your oil as a part of your vehicle that needs to be maintained so make sure to get it done!

5. Make sure you have reliable maps! If you are going with a paper map, make sure that it is one that is up to date. If you are relying on a GPS, make sure your maps are recent so you don’t get lost.

6. Avoid traveling to places that are infrequently traveled. It could be dangerous if your vehicle happens to break down in an area of the country were there are few people living. You could be stranded for a long time while waiting for rescue workers.

7. Make sure your vehicle is ready for whatever type of weather conditions you are going to be in. If you are making a winter trip, make sure your vehicle has proper tires that are suitable for travel in icy conditions.

8. Make sure your tires are not overly worn. If you’ve been putting off that trip to buy new tires, make sure you get them before you get on the road. If the tread on your tires is worn down, it could lead to dangerous slips on the road.

9. Tell your family members or friends where you are going. Tell them when you will be back so they can expect a phone call from you. Anything can happen on a trip and if you do happen to get stranded somewhere, someone should be able to let authorities know where you were so you can get the help you need.

10. And finally, make sure to have enough cash in case of emergency. If you are on a trip, you need to make sure you have more than enough money to cover the trip, just in case something unexpected comes up.

These ten tips should make your trip easier and definitely safer. It’s better to be safe than sorry.

I wrote this blog post while participating in the SocialMoms and Safelite blogging program, for a gift card worth $30. For more information on how you can participate, click here.

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