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Road Trip Essentials

May 11, 2017

You’re almost here! All you can think about is how fast you can get checked into the hotel, get everyone changed and then hit the waterslides for some much needed relaxation.


The last thing that you want to deal with is car trouble. While no one anticipates car problems, it’s important to have some essentials in your car in case it does happen.

Stock your car with these basics and replenish when necessary:

  • A flashlight and batteries
  • Basic tools - wrench, screwdriver, utility knife
  • Gloves
  • Rope or bungee cords
  • Non-perishable food items
  • Bottled water
  • First aid kit
  • Caution triangles
  • Jumper cables
  • Portable phone charger

It’s also important to stay alert on the road to avoid any potential accidents. Here are some ways to stay alert and focused while driving to keep you and others safe on the road:

Stay engaged. Make a playlist before heading out on the road and sing along to the tunes or use your hands-free device and talk to that friend you’ve been meaning to get caught up with. But remember, use the hands-free option! Talking on the phone otherwise may causes more unneeded distraction.
Buddy System. Pair up when traveling a long distance to make the trip more enjoyable. Taking turns behind the wheel allows you to rest for a brief period without completely stopping the travel time to get to your destination.
Blast some air. Roll those windows down to get some air moving in the car. The sound of the air rushing past the window while on the highway can help keep you alert and attentive. Ladies, make sure your hair is pulled back to avoid it flying in your eyes and causing a distraction.
Catch-up on your book. You know that book you’ve been dying to read? Well there’s no time like the present, but instead of reading, get it as an audiobook. Whether it’s from your local library or from an app streaming through your phone, remember to download the book before starting on the trip.

Safe travels!

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