>> Get organized for an enjoyable roadtrip

By | July 2, 2011

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.