Texas Travel

Spring Break Road Trip

By Laura Byrom 3.21.14

Spring break is here and that means thousands of Texans will be hitting the road for vacation. With the increase in traffic, it’s more important than ever to make sure you’re sufficiently prepared. If you’re planning a road trip with family or friends this year, follow these tips to ensure a safer spring break road trip.

  • Review your auto insurance coverage with your agent prior to the trip.
    1. Verify that you have towing and rental coverage on your policy in case you’re involved in an accident or your car breaks down on the side of the road.
    2. Make sure all drivers are included on your policy. Only those listed on the policy are covered.
  • Get your car ready — be sure to have the oil changed, battery tested, tire pressure checked, and fluids topped off. Also test your windshield wipers and headlights.
  • Prepare a roadside emergency kit for your vehicle. You’ll want to include things like a first-aid kit, flashlight, batteries, blankets, jumper cables, road flares, foam tire sealant, bottled water, and non-perishable snacks.
  • Get plenty of rest the night before you leave. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, an estimated 100,000 crashes are caused by drowsy drivers each year.
  • Make sure your cellphone is fully charged, and keep it handy in case of an emergency. If possible, keep a travel charger in your car.
  • Map out your route ahead of time and plan to stick to well-traveled roads where it’s easier to get assistance if you need it. You will also want to bring along a map or consider investing in a GPS navigation system.

Taking care of these small tasks prior to hitting the road means a more carefree trip for you and your family.