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Auto Insurance And Road Trip Safety Tips

Be safe and smart on your long-distance road trips

Whether you’re traveling alone, with a buddy, or with your spouse and a car full of kids, there are few things more “American” than the long-distance road trip. Countless vacation travelers drive the highways looking for fun places to stop, and make memories with every mile. If the “holiday road” trip is in your plans, take the time to prepare. You’ll have a more enjoyable vacation if you plan carefully. Here are a few practical driving tips:

  • Maintain your car. Make sure your vehicle is up to date on its maintenance schedule, and always check the battery and tires before you go.
  • Plan your trip and know where you’re going. Call ahead for proper and safe directions so you'll arrive at your destination safely. Have maps of the area on hand to help you navigate once you are off the main road. You’re more likely to make good decisions, even in dangerous situations, if you’re clearheaded and know where you’re going.
  • Be alert. Seems obvious, but driver inattention is one of the main causes of accidents. If you stay focused behind the wheel and plan carefully, you will have a wonderful summer (or winter, spring, or autumn) road trip.
  • Take a cell phone and headset. Cell phones can be a lifesaver when you need immediate access to emergency services after an accident or if your car breaks down. Keep your phone within easy reach and be familiar with its features. However, use it prudently. Reports suggest that driving while talking on the phone increases accident rates and some states have laws about hands-free driving only.
  • Wear your seat belt. Whether or not the state you’re driving through requires them by law (and most do), always wear your seat belt as a safety precaution.
  • Protect your car against theft. Help deter criminals from taking your car with steering wheel locks, switches that disable fuel or ignition systems, and electronic tracking devices.
  • If you’re in an accident. Taking immediate steps if you’ve been in an accident can protect your family and your car from further damage. Stop immediately and make sure your car is not blocking traffic. Turn off your car to keep it from overheating or catching fire. Warn oncoming cars by using road flares or orange triangle reflectors. After you have protected yourself and your family, call your state or California car insurance company immediately.
  • Make sure your auto insurance is up to date. Before you even leave the driveway, make sure you’re protected when you’re on the road and far from home. An independent state or California car insurance agent or broker can provide the personal service and advice you need to travel in confidence.

To learn more about what an independent state or California car insurance agency offers you, visit www.Direct Choice Insurance .com or contact Community Brokerage.

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