SURVIVING THE FAMILY CAR TRIP
With a little planning, a car trip with the family might not be as bad as you think!
Here are some helpful tips from Reed Berry, "The Traffic Guy" 
  • Plan on making regular stops for stretching and to use a restroom.
  • Bring snacks in case you or any of the other travelers get hungry along the way but, since car rides can be a bit bumpy, avoid nuts, hot dogs and other similar foods that small children may choke on.
  • Bring a variety of toys, games and activities to keep the younger travelers entertained, some that can be used or played alone and some that can be played together.
  • If you bring along electronic devices like radios or CD players, you should have some extra batteries on hand. Whatever you bring along, try to keep these items as small and as light as possible and secure them when not in use because any loose object in your car becomes a  projectile in a traffic collision!  Even small items, depending on their shape and the material of which they are made, can injure or kill when tossed around your car's interior.
  • If the family vehicle is an SUV, do not exceed the weight limit recommended by the manufacturer. Overloading the vehicles interior or placing heavy items in a roof rack can increase the chances of roll-over!
  • Always be prepared!  Bring along things you may need in the event of an emergency such as a tool kit, basic first aid supplies, water, a cell phone and, should you be involved in a collision, a disposable camera!
  • Maintaining comprehensive car insurance will ensure you and your loved ones are protected. There are many available companies so take your time and find the right fit for you and your situation.
And remember, before starting out on any car trip make sure the vehicle is running properly and check not only your fluid levels, but also the tire condition and tire pressure.

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