With the economy steadily picking up, many are seizing the opportunity to vacation again. While some choose to fly, others are excited to pack up their cars and drive to their destination. But before going on a long road trip, it is important to be prepared. The following seven tips brought to you by American Tri-Star Insurance, San Diego Car Insurance Company, can help you prepare for a fun and stress-free road trip.
1. Check the condition of your vehicle
In the weeks leading up to your trip, have regular maintenance performed on your car and check your car’s tire pressure and fluids. Ensuring that the condition of your vehicle is up to par will help you avoid trouble and potential breakdowns along the road.
2. Know your route
Be familiar with the route you’ve chosen before you leave. Check traffic conditions and make sure to plan for any detours if needed. It is always better to be aware of any delays and plan a detour, than coming across them while driving.
3. Pack practically
You are in this trip for a good time, so make sure you don’t forgo legroom because you’ve overpacked. Leave behind the extra or fancy clothes and your travel companions will thank you.
4. Keep an eye on the gas
Be prepared for long stretches of uninhabited land during your drive by filling up your tank whenever it dips below the middle gauge, and avoid being stranded without gas.
5. Plan lodging ahead of time
If you plan on stopping anywhere for the night during your trip, make your accommodations ahead of time to avoid coming across “no vacancy” signs when your travel companions are ready to call it a night.
6. Plan for any health or medical emergencies
Check with your health insurance provider to make sure you will have out of network coverage should you need to see a doctor or visit a hospital.
7. Check your car insurance
Before you leave for a long road trip, make sure your car insurance is in order. While it’s never good to drive without insurance, when you’re far from home, it’s even more important to have insurance available. Remember to also check with your provider about rental car coverage. That way, in case your car breaks down, your rental car will be covered.
Road trips are a great way to explore new places, food, and activities and follow your passions. Properly planning in advance for a long road trip can help you have a great time and avoid any potential setbacks. If your current auto insurance is not providing the kind of insurance coverage you need for your next long road trip, American Tri-Star Insurance may be a better option. To learn more about our insurance options, give us a call at (619) 325-0326 and request a free quote.