If you're hitting the road this summer, Plymouth Rock Assurance, a Boston-based auto insurance company, has some tips to make your trip hassle free. They might seem like common sense but it never hurts to review.
BEFORE YOU GO
1. Check tire tread and pressure.
2. Check wiper blades for wear.
3. Check exterior lights.
4. Check driver’s license, registration, and vehicle inspection dates.
5. Keep roadside emergency supplies in your vehicle, including reflectors, flares, flashlight, and a reflective vest.
6. Bring an extra set of keys.
7. Get an auto insurance tune-up.
1. Plan. Know your route and estimate how far you plan to drive each day.
2. Learn about local traffic and safety rules.
3. Know your limits. Don’t drive when you’re tired.
4. Recharge and refresh. Take breaks at regular intervals.
5. Don’t multitask.
6. Turn the volume down. Keep the sound system low enough so you can clearly hear emergency sirens or a horn from another vehicle.
7. Appoint someone else to deal with the kids.
BE PREPARED TO BE AWAY
1. Make a checklist for your house as well as for your car. Suspend newspaper and mail deliveries, adjust the thermostat, have the lawn mowed, use lighting timers to discourage break-ins, and arrange for a friend or family member to spot check while you’re gone.
2. Unplug nonessential appliances and electronics to prevent the possibility of damage from lightning or an electrical surge.
3. Turn off water lines leading to your washing machine.
4. Leave a set of car keys with a neighbor if you’re leaving other vehicles at home.
5. Assign alarm duty to a trusted friend or neighbor.