7 Super Tips For Your Summer Road Trip

So You're About to Hit The Road

on your big summer getaway! Sure, your MP3 player is loaded with “Born to Be Wild,” savory snacks are in your cooler, and you’ve packed enough sunscreen to slather on an army. Just make sure your vacation dreams come true by checking off the items on this list.

  • 1.

    Get Your Car Road-Ready

    Check your wipers, oil and air filters, and your tires. Renting a car? Confirm whether it’s covered by your auto insurance. Keep your registration and proof of insurance in the glove compartment, and while you’re at it, toss some gum in there.

  • 2.

    Plan for the unexpected

    Pack first aid items (snakebite supplies optional), and bring an emergency road kit with flashing beacons, a flashlight and other items. Also, follow these other tips to prepare for breakdowns.

  • 3.

    Map it, app it, plan for tolls & stops

    Program your GPS device, or kick it old school with a road atlas to plan your route. Travel apps can help locate deals on gas and restaurants. Bring extra money or use a prepaid electronic pass for tolls. At stops, lock the car and keep valuables out of view.

  • 4.

    Don’t become a victim of identity theft

    While you’re enjoying the vagabond lifestyle on your trip, avoid risking identity theft. Watch for “shoulder surfers” in hotels, restaurants and at ATMs, and use caution when sharing personal information. Check out American Family’s identity theft protection program.

  • 5.

    Secure the house, keep others in the loop

    Before you leave home, lock doors, secure windows and heed these additional tips. Share your itinerary and contact information with friends or family, and leave a house key with trusted neighbors who can check things out — just in case you forgot that lasagna in the oven.

  • 6.

    Get charged up

    Don’t run out of juice! Charge your cell phones, tablets, GPS devices and MP3 players in advance, and bring along all charging plugs and cables. Stash away some extra batteries just in case.

  • 7.

    We've got you covered

    Our Emergency Road Service can help you avoid getting stranded, our Certified Repair Program will help you find trusted repair shops, and our Auto Rental Reimbursement coverage pays for a rental vehicle if your car is being repaired after an accident. And, our insurance products can keep your mind at ease while you’re traveling, too. Drive safely!

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