Summer time is vacation and travel time. Make your next road trip enjoyable and safe by getting organized before you leave home.
> Schedule general car maintenance, including hose and fluid checks, prior to your trip.
> Check air pressure in all tires, including the spare.
> Pack duct tape in the glove compartment. It will seal and hold many broken car parts together long enough for you to get to a service station. Nylon stockings can even function as a fan belt in an emergency.
> Pack a first-aid kit, water, snacks, blankets, old towels, handi-wipes, litterbag and a flashlight with fresh batteries.
> Bring headphones for individual tape players.
> Schedule frequent rest stops to stretch your legs.
> Pack surprise toys and pillows for children.
> Hang a plastic shoe bag over the back of the front seat for toys, games, crayons, coloring books and litter.
> Children will enjoy using a lap tray for play.
> Keep all doors locked while traveling.
> Never put infants in the front seat.
> Do not store books, equipment and other material on the shelf behind the back seat. Sudden stops cause these objects to be thrown forward with tremendous force.
> Daytime running lights help other drivers see you better.
> Use your car phone prudently.
Be smart and plan ahead. Best wishes for a safe and relaxing vacation.