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Summer Road Trip Planning

By Jason Bottlinger on August 1, 2017

You’ve packed a million toys and games to keep the kids entertained, snacks so no one goes hungry, water bottles, and all the necessary comfort items for the family as you get ready to journey across the country. Summer road trips are supposed to be fun, right? Of course they are. But the reality is that you also need to take steps to make sure your trip is safe.

Make an Emergency Kit

The same way you pack a first-aid kit (and please do be sure to pack one) hoping not to need it, make sure that you have everything you need in case of an emergency. If you were stranded on the road, what would you need?

Your emergency kit should contain:

  • Flares or other ways of getting attention
  • Blankets and tarps
  • Food and water
  • A portable cell phone charger
  • Any necessary medications

Be sure to check the contents and update them at least every summer!

Inspect Your Vehicle

You’ve taken excellent care of your vehicle’s inhabitants—it’s also critical that you take the time to check the condition of the car. This means:

  • Getting regular oil changes
  • Ensuring all fluids are at recommended levels
  • Checking the car battery and tires
  • Having brakes and brake pads inspected
  • Watching your wipers for signs of wear and tear

A few needed safety inspections and updates can save a tremendous amount of stress and heartache while on the road. Take the time to put the family car in tip-top condition and drive safely this summer.

If things take a turn for the worse, and you need advice on how to handle an unfortunate accident or incident, talk to the team at Bottlinger Law L.L.C. at (402) 505-8234. We are here to help you.

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