5 summer travel safety tips: get road ready

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Get ready to roll the windows down and blast your favorite music!

Summer is the time to chill by the pool, lay on the beach, and hit the road with your family and friends. Get ready to roll the windows down and blast your favorite music!

But while there's nothing wrong with having some road trip fun this summer, it's essential to take precautions to ensure your vehicle is ready for traveling these warmer months.

Here are five simple summer safety tips you should follow before hitting the road.

1. Check for recalls. Millions of cars are recalled every year for factory defects. Before hitting the road, it's best to check and see if your vehicle is on the recall list. To find out if your car has been recalled, visit www.nhtsa.gove/recalls and enter your 17-digit vehicle identification number (VIN) number. You can also sign up for recall alerts. If you need repairs, get them taken care of as soon as possible.

2. Inspect your car. Do a full inspection of your vehicle. Check the tire pressure and condition, the windshield wiper fluid, and oil. Make sure your wiper blades and lights are working. If your car is overdue for an oil change or tune-up, now is the perfect time to get it done so you can avoid any issues on the road and enjoy summer.

3. Keep an emergency roadside kit. There is nothing more frustrating than being stuck on the side of the road and waiting for help without resources. Therefore, keep an emergency kit in your trunk when difficult situations arise. Your case should include first-aid, flashlights, flares, jumper cables, blankets, and water.

4. Practice safety first. Before hitting the gas, make sure everyone in the car is buckled up. All children and infants should be in car seats. Your focus should be driving. Don't text and drive. Eliminate all possible distractions so that you and your loved ones get to your destination safely.

5. Share the road. Summer brings out motorcyclists, bicyclist, and pedestrians. Be cautious while driving around them. Keep your distance, stop when needed, maintain speed, and adjust your mirrors so that you can see correctly. Most importantly, have patience. It's better to get there in one piece than to not get there at all.

For more summer safety tips or if you want to see what your insurance options are, visit Donegal Insurance Group at https://www.donegalgroup.com/home.