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On The Road Again

On the Road Again

Spring is in the air; your children are out of school and it’s time to hit the open road in route to your spring break destination. You’ve packed all the essentials for your trip. You’re prepared with every snack and car activity you can muster to keep your children occupied as the miles tick by. But have you taken similar preparations for your vehicle? Do you know what’s in your auto policy? Have you changed the oil in your car recently or topped off the fluids or put air in the tires? 

Here are a few tips to make sure your time on the road is smooth sailing. 

Pack a Roadside Kit

Even if your car is perfect order, plan for the unexpected by putting together a bag of some essential items. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration suggests these items:

  • Cell phone charger
  • First aid kit
  • Flashlight
  • Flares and a white flag
  • Jumper cables
  • Tire pressure gauge
  • Jack and ground mat for changing a tire
  • Work gloves and a change of clothes
  • Basic repair tools and some duct tape (a temporary fix for repairing a hose)
  • Paper towels 
  • Nonperishable food, drinking water and medicines
  • Extra windshield washer fluid 
  • Maps 
  • Emergency blankets, towels and coats

Check Your Car 

Are there any recalls for your vehicle? The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s VIN lookup toolcan help you determine if there is a recall on your car. Make sure to get your car serviced before your trip. A good tune-up, tire rotation, oil change and battery check could help prevent a breakdown.  

Read, Plan, and Go

Familiarize yourself with your vehicle’s manual, this is especially important if you are renting a car for your trip. Check the weather, road conditions and traffic before you start. Check with your local Georgia Farm Bureau agent about your auto policy too. Make sure you’re covered before you go. 

If you’re searching for a car insurance company that truly has your best interests in mind, a company that has a local claims resource center right here in Georgia and offers a local agent in your community that will work tirelessly to help make sure you’re covered look no further than Georgia Farm Bureau. Our agents can create a custom auto insurance package that fits your needs and will make the after-accident process as easy as possible. To find your agent visit today. 


Content provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration