During the Summer lots of families seem to take vacations whether it be for a week or a weekend your most likely gonna drive and State Farm wants to make sure your prepared for what could happen on the roads ahead.
Before logging all those miles on your family road trip this summer, remember to:
- Beat the Heat: Inspect the radiator, pressure cap, belts, and hoses to make sure they are in good shape with no signs of blisters, cracks, or cuts in the rubber.
- Hydrate Your Vehicle: Check fluid levels: brake, automatic transmission, power steering, windshield washer and coolant. Make sure each reservoir is full and if you see any sign of fluid leakage, take your vehicle in to be serviced.
Before any longer trip, any time of year, remember to give your vehicle a check-up:
- Check the air pressure in all tires, including the spare,
- Make sure the wiper blades are functioning properly,
- Check battery life and inspect batteries and battery cables,
- Inspect brake pads and linings for wear; change the oil and filter according to manufacturer’s service interval specifications, and
- Test the headlights, brake lights, turn signals, emergency flashers and interior lights
Even if you’ve prepared your vehicle for summer travel, it never hurts to have a "just in case" kit in your trunk. Your emergency kit should include:
- Jumper cables
- Emergency flat tire repair
- Gloves, blankets and towels
- Hazard triangle, road flares, brightly colored distress sign, or "Help" or "Call Police" flag
- Screwdrivers and wrenches
- First aid kit
- Cell phone and charger
- Water for both the car radiator and your family
- High-calorie, non-perishable food
Traveling with kids:
- Always use proper safety restraints
- Use the long drive as teaching moments about safe driving
- Pack a cooler with healthy snacks like water, fruit, nuts and granola
- Stop every few hours to let the kids stretch their legs
- Adults should take the time to exit the vehicle and stretch too. If you become drowsy, don’t hesitate to pull over to a safe location and rest until you feel able to continue the drive
- Use electronic devices to help keep away the boredom on the long drives
Make sure to check and stock trunk supplies twice a year and remember never leave on a road trip with your vehicle’s "check engine light" or "malfunction indicator light" lit up. If you take these precautions, you and your vehicle might be happier on the roads this summer. And don’t forget to have fun!
See more at:I know there were more than a few helpful hints in this article from State Farm. I myself have kids and always wished I had the sto and go in the Town and Countries because I would make sure one side was set with drinks and snacks in case something like a accident or flat happened. I think most of us take our cars for granted and simple things like the helpful hints above can really save us one day. One more thing to make not of is lets say the your not able to move or talk the ER/Police on the scene will normally go through your phone trying to contact someone to let them know what has happened it is smart to have someone which you count on as a ICE contact which is your In Case of Emergency contact this helps whoever find someone who will be able to come to your side.
State Farm has given me a Emergency prepared Kit to share with my readers. One winner will win the kit, contest is open to U.S. residents only and will end August 5, 2014.
Disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned in this post to help facilitate my review. All opinions are mine and I was not influenced in any way. Please contact Casey@themeparkmamablog.com with any questions.