Summer, the season of exploration. A great Canadian road trip often starts well before the car hits the road. Planning where to go, how long it will take to get where you want, and what you’ll do when you arrive at your destination is all part of the fun. However, with road trips one thing is certain; many hours of driving. There are two main ways to make sure your road trip is safe; 1) get your vehicle in tip-top shape and, 2) use safe driving habits.
Easy Steps to Get Your Car Ready For the Summer Road Trip
- Do more than just kick the tires – check to make sure they’re properly inflated. Poorly inflated tires can make your fuel economy drop. On a road trip the fewer times you have to stop to refuel the more time you have to enjoy your destination.
- Like humans, cars need to be hydrated – Well, at least with coolant. Keep your radiator happy by checking the coolant levels to ensure it’s at the appropriate level.
- Filter-tastic – Change your air filter so that your engine runs smoothly. Dirt and dust can clog a filter, which negatively affects your engine’s performance.
- Oil’s Well that Ends Well – check your oil levels and have your oil changed regularly.
- The Other Fluids – make sure your air conditioning is working properly and that your windshield fluid has bug-wash to help keep your windshield clear.
A Good Driver Is As a Good Driver Does
The most important part of a road trip is arriving at your destination safely. With that in mind here are a few tips to help you drive safer:
- Avoid distracted driving, which means avoiding the use of smartphones for texting while driving.
- Driver fatigue is a real concern. If you’re feeling tired or sleepy pull off the highway and take a break.
- Obey the traffic signs, especially in areas where you’ve never been before.
- Give yourself adequate time to get to your destination so you don’t feel the need to speed.
- Hauling a trailer? Make sure the load is spread evenly across the trailer and take some time to practice before heading out on the big trip.
- Wildlife wonder on the roads frequently. Don’t try to swerve as you may lose control and cause more damage or injury. Honk your horn repeatedly to scare the animal away and apply the brakes if it is safe to do so.
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Back to 2015 Summer ProvERB Insurance Bulletin.
We hope you enjoy your summer vacations! Thanks for reading and happy travels.