THE FAMILY CAR TRIP
a little planning, a car trip with the family might not be as bad as you
are some helpful tips from Reed Berry, "The Traffic Guy"
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.
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!
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.