You can make so many lifelong memories hitting the open road with your young children. However, making sure that the trip goes smoothly requires both planning and patience. The guide below offers advice for keeping everyone safe—from using the right car seat to having sufficient auto insurance coverage in place.
Make sure the car is in good shape.
If you’re planning on putting hundreds or thousands of additional miles on the car, take it to a mechanic first to have the oil changed, the tires rotated, and to confirm that the brakes and other components are in solid shape. Consider investing in a spare tire for unexpected flats. Stock the trunk with a jack, hazard signs, and an air pump.
Double-check safety features.
Before heading out, inspect all child safety locks to ensure they’re working. If you’ll be using a booster seat, make sure it’s properly attached and secure. Scan the entire vehicle, especially where the kids will be sitting, for loose knobs or other items that can be choking hazards. Remove any items that can become dangerous projectiles if you have to suddenly hit the brakes.
When you’re traveling with children, it can be hard not to look back if you hear a cry or a disagreement break out. However, it’s dangerous to take your eyes off the road. If you have a partner, ask them to check on the problem and to be the one to switch radio channels, adjust temperature settings, or answer text messages on your behalf.
Forget to review your auto insurance policy.
No matter how many precautions you take, problems may still arise. Make sure your auto insurance cards are in the car and up-to-date and that they cover roadside assistance in case of an unfortunate blowout. Also, check how much coverage you have against uninsured and underinsured drivers you might encounter on the highways.
Sweeney Insurance Agency in Kodiak, AK, wants you and your family to have an exciting and safe road trip. Make sure everyone is protected with reliable auto insurance. Whether you’re seeking coverage for the first time or considering switching, the independent agency can help. They will shop for customized and affordable options from some of the leading providers. Get started with an insurance quote by calling (907) 486-3101 or visiting the website.