Tips for Summer Travels

When preparing for a summer vacation, people usually remember to make a checklist for what they will need on the trip, but not everyone remembers to prepare for the trip itself. As you plan your summer road trips this summer, be sure to remember these important tips for traveling in Arizona’s extreme summer temperatures.

Before Your Trip:

  • Visit a mechanic to have your car inspected and fix any major problems before beginning your trip.
  • Make sure to check your tire pressure and inspect tires for wear.
  • Rotate and balance your tires at least every 8,000 miles to increase the life span of and help them wear evenly.
  • Organize all important documents for your vehicle such as car insurance, registration, and your AAA card, if you have one.
  • Get plenty of rest the night before a long road trip to prevent falling asleep behind the wheel.

During Your Trip:

  • Buckle-up. There is no excuse for not wearing a seatbelt and making everyone in your vehicle wear one as well.
  • Bring enough water and snacks to last you and all passengers several hours in case of an emergency.
  • Keep a first aid kit in your car along with battery operated fans to help cool you down.
  • Bring jumper cables in case your battery dies and reflectors in case you need to pull over around dusk.
  • If high winds or a dust storm arise, limiting visibility, pull over and wait until conditions improve.
  • In the event that your vehicle breaks down or gets a flat tire, pull completely off the road.
  • Bring along a phone charger in case your cell phone’s battery dies and you have an emergency.

We have seen many people who don’t know what to do after an accident, so don’t be afraid to call us for a free consultation if you or a family member is involved in a car accident.