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Planning a road trip? Read this first!

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If you’ve stepped outside lately, you’ve surely noticed that summer is upon us. As the heat swelters and kids find themselves freed from school, many will be packing up luggage and taking off for vacation. When gas prices approached $4 a gallon earlier this year, many industry professionals predicted that fewer people would take to the road in cars this summer. However, that doesn’t appear to be the case. Gas prices have dropped and seem to be stabilizing.

According to a Harris Interactive survey conducted by Choice Hotels International, 84% of vacationing Americans plan to travel by car for at least part of their trip. Road trips can be a fun and economical mode of travel, allowing vacationers to spend time together and visit roadside destinations. Travel insurance is a great guard against many travel-related issues, and many providers, such as Travel Guard, offer policies that include limited roadside assistance. Be sure to read the policy carefully to determine how much coverage is provided.

Remember that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure – take the following precautions before you leave to avoid being stranded roadside in the first place.

  • Check your fluid levels, including antifreeze, brake, and transmission fluids
  • Check the tread on your tires to avoid blowouts and hydroplaning
  • Ensure your brakes and brake pads are in good condition
  • Be sure that your spare tire is in good condition and that you have all of the tools needed to change a tire, if necessary

Many travel insurance policies also provide trip management assistance services that include hotel and flight re-bookings in the event that car troubles make it necessary to change reservations.

If you’re planning a road trip, don’t waste time with vehicle problems. Take these suggestions to avoid a breakdown and make the most of your summer adventures!