Before Leaving for a Roadtrip

Before leaving on a roadtrip, be sure to:

  • Take your vehicle to an Independent Service Center near you to check your belts, hoses, brakes, lights, windshield washer fluid, wiper blades, engine oil and coolant
  • Make sure your trunk has a jack, lug wrench and other tools you’ll need to change a tire
  • Check tire pressure of all tires, including the spare
  • Make sure you have a working flashlight with extra batteries, emergency reflectors, sunglasses and a first aid-kit
  • Take your driver’s license, vehicle registration and auto and medical insurance cards
  • Carry a spare set of vehicle keys
  • Plan your route and leave a copy of your itinerary with a relative or neighbor
  • Bring any special medications and prescription information
  • Take your doctor’s phone number
  • Take your eyeglass prescription
  • Bring a cellular phone or a sign that tells passersby to “Call Police” in case of trouble
  • Have any repairs or vehicle maintenance performed before the trip—see your vehicle’s owner’s manual for vehicle maintenance schedules.
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