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  • Check all lights on vehicle to confirm they are working properly.

  • Check vehicle fluids

  • Check windshield wipers

  • Have a flashlight.

  • Flares and safety triangles are great when breakdowns occur.

  • Keep water in the trunk in case of overheating.

  • Jumper/Booster cables for a dead battery.

  • Check tire pressure and tread (safety and gas mileage concern)Confirm a spare tire is present in the vehicle and check the condition/air pressure. Confirm a jack and all the tools needed are present. Aftermarket wheels and/or wheel locks often need special lug wrench adapters that fail to make their way in used cars. Familiarize yourself with jack instructions for your vehicle.

  • Keep a car charger for the phone. Keep important phone numbers written down on paper in case the cellular phone battery dies and you don't have a charger or the car battery is dead. If numbers are written down, a pay phone could be used. (People often have dead cell phones and they can’t access the “phonebook” feature to retrieve numbers)

It's The Law

Keep an eye on seatbelts. Children often like to lay across the rear seat when sleeping on long trips and get out of their seatbelts. Children in storage areas without seatbelts are prohibited.

Be aware of changing speed limits. The limit will never be higher than 70 mph.

Move over for stopped emergency vehicles! Most states now have the Move Over Law

  • Photocopy the backside of credit cards in wallet or just write down the 1-800 numbers. If the wallet/purse or card is lost, the phone number is somewhere else and the person can call quickly to prevent unauthorized use. Keep some amount of emergency cash available in cases where cards will not work.

  • Consider carrying a spare key for the vehicle. Keys can often be locked in cars, lost in the ocean, etc while on vacation. A spare key could save major expenses with a locksmith.

  • Maps are still great to have as a backup to GPS systems. Know your location-keep an eye for landmarks and mile markers. This will help you be located in case of breakdown or crash even if all you can remember is passing the landmark a few miles ago.

  • Confirm your membership with roadside assistance clubs. Often motorists think they are covered but are not due to forgotten payments, etc. Certain clubs have a 24 hour rule that the service cannot be used for that period after signing up.

  • Make sure items in your vehicle are properly stowed. In crashes, objects within the vehicle can become high speed airborne projectiles that can cause serious injury. Bowling balls, beach chairs, beach umbrellas, suitcases, almost anything…can be dangerous flying at high speeds.

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