We all travel a lot, whether it’s driving the kids to and from school and activities or talking a long trip to Grandma’s house, we all get our driving time in. But how often do we take the time to make sure we are putting our families in the safest position possible? That’s why I wanted to share with you my 10 tips for keeping your family safe on the road:
1. Check your tires regularly. Make sure they have enough air and don’t have any punctures or leaks.
2. Check your engine and fluids regularly as well, to make sure everything is filled up and ready to go. This will help prevent unwanted problems with your engine while you are out and about.
3. Have a lot of activities and toys for your kids. Keeping them quiet and occupied while your driving will make it so you are able to focus on the road (and not the yelling kids in the back).
4. Find a way to keep the kid’s items close to them. Whether it’s a bungy cord type product that attaches to your child’s toys or sippy or a basket near by, it will keep you from having to hear them scream for the items. It will also help with unwanted stops to retrieve the items.
5. A chip in your windshield could turn into a crack at any time, often when you are least expecting it. Windshield repair is often a safe and economical alternative to a full windshield replacement.
6. Forget do-it-yourself repair kits for fixing your windshield. The resin could easily shrink or yellow, lowering the quality of the repair. Safelite AutoGlass uses a patented repair process… A vacuum is created over the damaged area and the resin penetrates and fills the finest micro-cracks. The technician pulls off the vacuum changer and the UV light hardens the resin. Safelite’s resin is proven to be the strongest and longest lasting on the market.
7. Keep a emergency kit in your car. You can buy these already put together with everything you may need in an emergency.
8. Always buckle up. That means everyone! Wearing seat belts is a simple and easy way to ensure your families safety while in the car.
9. Don’t ever drive while distracted or tired. It is not worth the risk! If you need to talk on the phone or text, pull over first. If you are too tired or upset to drive, then don’t. Find someone else to drive you.
10. Change your oil regularly, this will not only prevent problems with your engine but it will help you get better gas mileage! Which money in your pocket for family fun.
11. Have a map handy: Whether if its a physical map or an online mapping software. Make sure to have them ready in case you find yourself lost in the tracks. The last thing you’d want to be in is somewhere out of nowhere with no gas and means of communication to ask for help.
It is worth taking the time to prepare before hitting the road. Whether it’s a short trip to the grocery store or a long road trip, being prepared and taking the time to be safe is definitely worth it.
*I wrote this blog post while participating in the SocialMoms and Safelite blogging program, for a gift card worth $30.