Driving is just as American as apple pie. Almost everyone dreams of journeying across the country. If you would like to go on a vacation by yourself, or with a friend or with your family, a long-distance road trip, could be in your future. Some people, when they're ready for a vacation, just get in their car and take off, planning on making memories on the way. However, for lots of people, a bit of planning should go a long way to making the trip more enjoyable. Not being prepared for the many things that can happen while on vacation can be a big mistake.
Make certain any maintenance is completed and up to date to lessen the chances of car trouble. Check out the battery and tires, and make sure the oil appears to have been changed recently. Plan your travel out so you do not have to worry about getting lost or winding up somewhere you had no intention of visiting. Phone ahead for any specifics you need on road construction, or where to get lodging. Get maps of the area for the occasions you go off of the road sightseeing. Once you learn what your location is and where you're going, you'll make much better decisions every step of the way. Make sure you're going to be wide awake when you are driving - not staying alert is the cause of many, many accidents. Summer time trips have a good potential for being wonderful, when you have planned carefully and kept focused when behind the wheel.
Always have a cell phone on hand, but save it for emergencies or when you're not behind the wheel. Just be sure it's working and within easy reach. Phones cause accidents when being used in the car, however they are invaluable to have if you have car trouble. A good number of states call for the use of seatbelts, and they are a good protective precaution, so make sure you are buckled up. Car thieves usually are on the look out for vacationers, so take precautions. Use steering wheel locking mechanisms, switches that turn off the fuel system or ignition systems and have electronic tracking devices, and criminals will be deterred.
Should you experience an accident then do whatever necessary to protect your family, and keep your car from further damage. Relocate your vehicle so it's not barring traffic, and be sure to turn it off so it will not overheat and start a fire. Also be sure and try to alert oncoming traffic and, finally, be sure and phone your insurance company on the spot. If your insurance coverage may not be current, you should not even leave your driveway.
It's also crucial that you make sure you have your insurance paperwork in the car with you. You need to be all set. Nobody expects an accident, but should one happen it's way better to be prepared.
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