While COVID-19 is limiting the ability of people to travel, the summer road trip is still an option. As long as you’re social distancing, it can be great to get out of the house with your family and see some sights in nature. Roadway Insurance, a MAIF car insurance provider, offers some tips to help you prepare for your summer road trip.
Stock Up Your Car
You want to make sure you have plenty of supplies in case of an emergency. We use our phones for GPS now most of the time, but make sure you also have a charger for it. If something happens, you want it to be charged so you can call for help. Keep maps in the car of the area you’re traveling as well. If you can’t access GPS, you may have to do it the old fashioned way.
Your car should also contain a first aid kit and a stash of drinking water and non-perishable food. Blankets and extra coats can help in case you get stranded during a cool night. A jack and work gloves are important if you need to change a tire. Keep a small tool kit with basic tools and duct tape in there as well in case something happens to a hose or other part.
Get Your Vehicle Serviced
Your car should be in tip-top shape if you’re going to take it out on the road. Make sure your oil is fresh and that all of your lights are working. Top off your windshield wiper fluid and any other fluids that look low. Many service stations also offer a checkup where they’ll go over your entire car, checking things like the brakes and tire tread. Do this to make sure your car is set for the long drive.
Make Sure Your Insurance is Updated
Check your insurance cards and make sure nothing is going to expire while you’re on your trip. Depending on where you’re going, you may also want to increase the coverage on your car. This is especially true if you’re going to encounter a lot of wildlife or are going to be in a more dangerous area. Roadway Insurance also offers emergency roadside assistance, so make sure you have that added in case of an emergency.
Plan Out Your Route
Yes, you have a GPS and maps in your car. But you also want to make sure you have a general idea of where you’re going and the conditions of the roads there. If you’re planning to go to some national parks, many have roadways and trails that would benefit from a 4-wheel drive car. Make sure that you’re not going to be driving anywhere that your car can’t handle.