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lady adjusting mirror in carMany people start planning road trips at this point in the year, yearning to get out and enjoy the nice weather. If you are planning a trip this spring or summer, brush up on driving tips so you can hit the road with safety in mind.

Ready Your Vehicle

After a long winter, your car could use a little TLC. In addition to washing the exterior and vacuuming the interior, you should check to see if it’s time for an oil change. The air pressure in your tires may need to be adjusted as well. Check the pressure and add or remove air based on the recommended tire pressure in your manual. Verify that the fluid levels are all adequate before you depart.

Plan the Trip

It’s best to plan the trip in advance. Which roads will be you taking? How long of a drive will it be? Identify good locations to take rest stops so everyone can use the facilities. This is especially important when travelling with children who may announce the need to go to the bathroom two minutes after you have passed a rest stop! 

Keep in mind that spring and summer are prime seasons for road construction. Before you leave, research to see if any major construction or detours exist along your planned route.

Take Your Time

It is not a race to get to your destination. Try to make the drive part of the experience. See if there are any sights to see along the way and incorporate them into the trip. In addition, don't exceed the speed limit. You want to make it to the destination in one piece, even if that means it will take an extra hour to get there.

Don't Drive Tired

Consider breaking the trip up into two days instead of trying to push to get there all in one day. Driving tired can, in some cases, be as dangerous as driving drunk. If you will be stopping overnight, it might be wise to book a hotel or motel in advance.

According to the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration, more fatal accidents occur over the summer months than during the winter. This seems counterintuitive because the road conditions should be ideal in the summer. Yet with more cars on the roads, it’s important for drivers to make safe choices. Following the above tips will help ensure a safe road trip this year! 

Stay safe on the open road. Call Reliable Insurance Managers at (713) 227-7283 for more information on Katy auto insurance.
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