5 Tips For the Great Canadian Road Trip

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Family in Car

The kids are going to be out of school, you’ve booked your time off from work, and you’re getting ready for the family summer trip.  Or maybe you’ve got an idea for a getaway for two.  Without a doubt, summer is the traveling season.  You have your destination picked and excitement is building, but don’t forget to have a checklist to make sure you’ve not forgotten anything.  Here are 5 important tips to consider to make your trip safe and enjoyable.

Crossing the border

First off – You need to have a valid passport or NEXUS card.  Having the appropriate Government Issue identification will make crossing less of a hassle.  And if you’ve rented a car for the trip, make sure your rental car agreement states you can take the vehicle in to the US with special note as to which state or states you’re allowed to enter.  Having your driver’s licence and proof of insurance, like your liability certificate means you have up-to-date contact information in case it’s needed.

Extend Your Insurance

If you’re planning to fly anywhere within North America and looking to rent a car its great idea to have your Ontario auto insurance policy amended to include rental vehicles.  This simple endorsement means you won’t have to worry about buying extra insurance when you rent a car anywhere in Canada or the US.  Your insurance company will have different levels to ensure you get the coverage you need for the car you’re going to rent.  We also strongly recommend increasing your liability protection to ensure you have enough liability coverage in case of a lawsuit arising out of your trip to the U.S.

Related: Increase Your Liability Coverage

Road Worthy

Get your vehicle ready for your trip.  With hot weather you’ll want the engine coolant and air conditioning in good condition and topped up.  Oil, brakes, and your tires, including the spare, should all be inspected.  It might even save you a lot of heartache and hassle if you take your car to a mechanic and have it checked out.  

Smart Phone is as Smart Phone Does

Having a cell phone is great in times of emergency or vehicle breakdown.  Most states and provinces have distracted driving laws, which means if you have to use your phone pull over to a safe spot.  What’s a safe spot to park and talk?  With plenty of rest stops on the TransCanada and Interstate highways that’s you’re number one place to make a call while travelling. Also look into changing your phone’s plan to avoid costly roaming charges.

Related Read: When Driving Thousands of Pounds of Steel, Focus on the Road

Travel Insurance

Be Hip to your OHIP Coverage

Did you know that there are limitations to how much the Ontario Health Insurance Program will cover if you’re out of province and require medical help?  Getting out of Province Travel Insurance means you don’t have to worry about who will pay for your medical costs if the worst should happen.  Erb and Erb Insurance Brokers Ltd. deals with many of the top travel insurance companies to get you the coverage you need at a great price.

Related: Get Great Travel Insurance

Have a question or suggestion?  We’d love to read it below.  Thanks for reading and Safe Travels!


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