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Planning a Road Trip This Summer? Check Out Our Safety Checklist

COVID-19 has made the last year challenging to say the least, but there is finally a light at the end of the tunnel! With more individuals receiving a vaccination each day, many Marylanders are now starting to form their travel plans for the summer. If you are planning a road trip this year, here is our safety checklist to ensure your trip is safe, fun and memorable!

Double-Check Your Insurance Policy

Most of us have not been driving as much as usual over the past year. Some remote workers even altered their car insurance policies to reduce their premium because of reduced driving. Before making a long trip this summer, be sure to do an audit of your car insurance. Do you have liability coverage for your state and the states you plan to travel through? If not, you could potentially extend your policy temporarily.

Pre-Trip Maintenance  

You definitely don’t want to end up getting stranded on the side of the road during your road trip because of simple maintenance that could have prevented any failures. Before your trip, be sure to have your mechanic perform general routine maintenance like an oil change, inspection, tire replacement and windshield wiper replacement. 

Be Sure to Pack These Key Items!

In Case Your Car Breaks Down:

  • Wireless phone charger
  • Spare tire and jack
  • Jumper cables
  • Water and snacks
  • Flashlight
  • Flares

In Case a Passenger Gets Injured:

  • Any required prescription medications
  • Medical gloves
  • Extra face masks
  • Stop the Bleed kit

Staying Alert

Staying fully alert throughout the entirety of your drive will be crucial for your safety and the safety of everyone in your vehicle. As such, you should have a general idea of the route you are taking before your drive begins. Additionally, be sure to purchase a smartphone dashboard mount to safely check your GPS. Speaking of GPS, you are very likely to lose cell service at some point along your drive, so consider downloading a section of map on Google Maps between your starting point and destination. 

Stay Safe on Your Road Trip with Freedom Insurance

We offer comprehensive, customized coverage from numerous major insurance carriers and make it easier than ever to find affordable policies that are exactly what you need. We have been serving clients throughout the greater Howard County and Carroll County areas since 1979, and we look forward to helping you and your family thrive. Get in touch today by calling (410) 795-2000 or requesting a free quote.