June 2, 2011

Keeping Your Family Safe on the Road

Hooray! It is summer break! Well, at least that is what the kids say. :) It is time for swimming, cookouts, and vacations. Have you made your plans for the summer? Many people drive to their vacation destinations. Although the price of gas is high, it is still a lot cheaper than flying especially if you have a large family.

10 Tips to Keep Your Family Safe on the Road

1. Keep the doors locked.
Kids have a habit of opening their doors. Keep them locked to prevent accidents. Also it helps prevent car-jacking. I have heard stories of someone just opening the passenger door and getting in the car while it was parked at a stop light. Look doors at least makes it more difficult.

2. Stay out of dangerous appearing areas.
Some things I look for are gang graffitti, many teens and young adults hanging around that look scary, and old buildings that are in poor repair. If I see that stuff I get out of there especially at night!

3. Stop frequently.
It is important to get of the car and walk around a little. It helps prevent road fatigue an theorhetically should decrease the risk of blood clots in the legs. When you have young kids that is not usually a problem because they want to stop a lot for "potty" breaks.

4. Keep your gas tank filled.
Many people recommend stopping at the gas station when your tank drops below 1/2 or at least before it gets to 1/4 full. You certainly don't want to run out of gas in an area you don't know.

5. Do any needed car maintenance before you leave.
Do you need to change the oil? Do the tires need to be rotated? Most places check the levels of the other car fluids when they change the oil.

6. Check the weather in the area.
For example, if there are storms predicted at your destination, you could stop somewhere else before you get there. Or perhaps you could delay the trip by a day.

7. Have a GPS or a map
It is much easier to travel with a GPS. I can get directions from On Star when I travel. If you don't have a GPS, at least bring a map.

8. Think you can ignore a chip in your windshield? Think again! The windshield provides up to 30% of your vehicles structural integrity, and a chip smaller than 6 inches (or the size of a dollar bill) can easily be repaired by filling it with a special resin.

9. A chip could turn into a crack at any time, often when you are least expecting it. Windshield repair is often a safe and economical alternative to a full windshield replacement.

10. Forget do-it-yourself repair kits. The resin could easily shrink or yellow, lowering the quality of the repair. Safelite AutoGlass uses a patented repair process… A vacuum is created over the damaged area and the resin penetrates and fills the finest micro-cracks. The technician pulls off the vacuum changer and the UV light hardens the resin. Safelite’s resin is proven to be the strongest and longest lasting on the market.

The last three tips are courtesy of Safelite who is a sponsor ofthis blogging program. These tips are important to keep your family safe while traveling on the road this summer. Now go and have fun!

I wrote this blog post while participating in the SocialMoms and Safelite blogging program, for a gift card worth $30. For more information on how you can participate, click here.

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