Road Trip Time!!

July 24, 2011

Ok, So I’m not going on a road trip myself – But I thought I’d share some interesting tidbits about car trips and insurance in general.

I think this will be my first year in 9 years of marriage that my husband and I have not had at least a small road trip sort of vacation.  He’s so busy at work, and we just don’t have the extra time and vacation funds…

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My Favorite Road Trip:

My birthday is August 8th, and our anniversary is August 10th.  So usually sometime during that particular week we go camping or do something fun and ‘get-away-ish’ to celebrate.  We’ve spent many years driving to different Minnesota state parks, and checking out some amazing hiking trails and scenery.  However, it sort-of felt like we’ve been to all the ‘good’ ones with great walking paths and awesome views.
So. This one year (before kids), we didn’t have reservations anywhere (because the state parks leave about 1/2 of the park open for 1st come, 1st served) and we were just going to visit one of the parks we had previously been to.  I had searched high and low for plane tickets/travel packages to get away for a long weekend for relatively cheap. But.. just couldn’t find what I was looking for.

We had the car packed and ready to go camping before we went to work on Thursday so we could leave right away.  We both had Fri-Mon off.  During my last appointment for the day, I had a patient who was telling me about their recent road trip to Las Vegas, Arizona, and whatnot… and I was SO jealous.  I wanted to get out of MN.  SOOOOOOO bad.

So.  I stayed a little late after work, Googled where we could drive to, and printed off tons of maps.

Got home to meet my husband, and to tell him that we were instead going to Yellowstone for the weekend!!   I had never been, and he was there when he was a very young boy – and was very interested in going back.

We had an awesome time. It was fun and spontaneous, and delightfully beautiful!Yellowstone 01

After returning to work – my boss asked ‘So, How was camping up North??’ and I replied ‘Yellowstone was AMAZING.’

He just about flipped!  And I nearly fell over laughing at his response.

 

Ok, Back to business:

Here are some great tips to think about before getting to your next road trip!

1. Confirm your car insurance is active andYellowstone 04 premiums are up-to-date. Have a current copy of your insurance card in the car.

2.Check to see if your policy includes roadside assistance. You can be covered for towing, fuel delivery, lockout service, jump-starts and more.

3. If renting a car, check if your current policy includes coverage, and verify limitations with your agent. Some credit cards offer rental coverage, so check with your credit card company to determine if that is an option.

4. If rental car coverage is not included in yoYellowstone 03ur policy, consider adding an insurance rider for a small fee or purchasing coverage from the rental car company. Make sure you don’t duplicate benefits from your existing auto, health or home insurance policy.

5.Verify your homeowners or renters insurance covers the theft of personal items from a car, especially if you are planning to carry expensive items in your car such as golf clubs, video or digital cameras or laptops.

You can get more information about insurance and updating your insurance policies to make sure you’re really covered by visiting Auto.InsureUonline.org before your next road trip!

 

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  1. Annette D says:

    I make sure that the car is mechanically sound. I always have my husband check the belts and hoses, air pressure in the tires and change the oil.

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    We always have the car checked out by our mechanic before going on a long road trip.

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  45. Mary Beth Elderton says:

    First and foremost make sure the car is checked out, tune up, and has good tires. It is also good to have a set of basic tools, a first aid kit, and, even if you don’t plan to picnic, some snacks and water on board.

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    I always pack energy snacks and water when I go on long trips in case I get stranded somewhere, and I always carry a first aid kit and emergency kit in the trunk. alicia.ebaugh at gmail dot com

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  70. Jessie C. says:

    Have your car checked in the factory/store and get full tank of gas before hitting a road trip

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    We always make sure the car is up to par. For example like making sure the tires are good. We also make sure to bring the emergency kit in case of emergency.

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    bring emergency supplies – water, food, first aid kit, radio, blankets – just in case!

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    Change the oil, check all fluids and tire pressure, check the spare and make sure I have a can of Fix-a-Flat.

  122. Betsy Hoff says:

    If your going on a really long road trip have your car checked throughly by a mechanic. In my case- my husband 🙂

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  131. I always make sure i have my cell phone charger and jumper cables and my dad checks out the car before we leave….and since we have kids i always keep first aide stuff in the car anyway!!!

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  136. Kelly Ann T. says:

    I have my trusted mechanic look over my vehicle before I go on a road trip. He changes the oil, checks fluids and hoses and does a complete inspection. I like the peace of mind this brings me.

  137. Susan Ladd says:

    Check the tires and thanks 🙂

  138. Have any overdue maintenance work done on your car before you leave

  139. Check fluids and tires. Luckily my husband is good about this.

  140. Jennifer Patton says:

    One tip for road trips is always back a small break down box with foil cover, flare, water, dry snack, and flash light.

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    We always make sure the spare tire has the right pressure and we carry blankets, water, food, an emergency roadside kit, and other essentials.

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    Hello, I check my tires before setting out on a long trip. Not only for safety reasons but also for good gas mileage. Using my pressure guage, I check the pressure on all 4 tires. Thanks for a great giveaway!

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  158. bryansgyrl says:

    Before going on vacation we will usually turn the water to the house off and lock extra keys and things in the safe.

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  163. Heather S says:

    Get an oil change and check your tires to make sure it is a fun trip w/no problems

  164. Patrice says:

    My husband checks the tires, oil and hoses before we go on a trip.

  165. John Stetson says:

    Always check your tire pressure and don’t forget the spare. It isn’t much use if it’s flat when you need it.

  166. Since we pull a fifth wheel, we always check the lights to make sure they’re all working all the way around on truck and RV.

  167. Susan Audrey says:

    We always make sure we have a compass, a blanket, and a flashlight. You never know when you might need those things on a trip to somewhere unfamiliar.

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  207. kelley wood says:

    Check the oil, water, & transmission fluid! Also, make sure you have extra belts in the car. This is an easy fix sometimes that will save you alot of time. Also, the jumper cables!!!

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    Before any long road trip, I try to get a tune-up and check the tires, battery, belts, oil, and air conditioner, and make sure to have emergency items stowed in the trunk, such as a blanket, first aid kit, bottled water, jumpers, and a flashlight. Thanks!

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  224. Also make sure the vehicle is checked out by a professional mechanic. I also make sure we have a first aid kit inside of the car. Plenty of drinks and snacks (I have a little one). Fill up on gas before we hit the road. Also make sure we have our insurance card on hand.

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  238. You must check the tires. Make sure the air pressure is correct and bring jumper cables

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  243. Besides the obvious (filling up on gas, check that spare is in good condition), make sure to have emergency supplies in the trunk, such as a blanket, flash light, flares, at least a gallon of water, food. And let a few people know where you are going. Oh and don’t forget your cell phone charger

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    Well, the usual about car, preparation, etc, but I’d also add to make sure you’ve got a car charger for your cell phone and keep it charged! Also make sure there’s coverage from your carrier where ever you are going.

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    I always make sure I recently got an oil change and a full tank of gas!

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    Since we only go on a road trip once a year, we always get the car tuned up beforehand. Sometimes we find things that are wrong with the car that could have posed a hazard if we didn’t fix it first.
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  292. I have the car inspected so that I know the belts, battery, etc are functioning properly and do not need to be replaced.

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    I check the weather before heading out, it can change quickly. You may have solid plans on monday but by friday a blizzard could be coming in for saturday.

  296. amanda s says:
  297. always check all the tires before heading on a road trip. I learned this the hard way with a blown out tire going 80mph on an interstate.

  298. We have our mechanic (who happens to be a friend of ours) check our van to make sure it’s all in working condition before we go out of town. 🙂

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    We always make sure to have blankets in the van, just in case, and we have a good spare tire.

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    have a flashlight

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    Make sure the oven is off and the door is locked.

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  333. I check to make sure we have enough washer fluid. It can be very dangerous trying to peer through dirt to see the road well, especially in unfamiliar places and at night.

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  352. Bring a car charger for your cell phone, so it will always be ready in the event of an emergency.

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  361. Daniel M says:

    bring 1st aid kit and emergency food/water

  362. Diana Russell says:

    I always take my car in for a quick check-up before any long trip! It’s great for peace of mind!

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  366. Veronica says:

    Make sure the tires are filled to where they are supposed to be!

  367. Theresa D says:

    I always have the oil changed and the tires checked before a road trip.

  368. Melanie T says:

    Always keep a flashlight and a spare tire in the car!

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  385. we always have the oil changed before a long car trip and all fluids and air topped off.

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  395. I like really clean windshields and car windows all the time but especially on a driving trip. It’s both for safety from increased visibility and so we can see interesting scenery well. Before a trip, I clean all the car glass well then apply a rain repellant type treatment. I also make sure the wiper fluid dispenser is full.

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    A safety tip would be to make sure the car is tuned up, tires are in good condition and there is a first aid kit in the car

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  409. i always get my oil changed, all fluids checked, tire pressure checked, and make sure i have jumper cables, water, oil, brake fluid, power steering fluid and a first-aid kit before i go.

  410. check the air pressure in your tires.

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  412. Always check the tires and make sure we have an atlas…my husband prefers GPS, but I prefer having a map as back up.

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  413. Georgina says:

    I make sure everyone has their seatbelt on and that we have plenty of gas and a spare

  414. Katharina says:

    My biggest safety tip involves personal safety… everyone in the family knows that when we stop at rest areas or other places for breaks, that no one goes off “exploring” on their own. We always know where the others are.
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  415. one of my most major safety tip is to always check your tire pressure, its uber important! Also oil level, gas, windshield wipers anndd make sure you have enough h2o to go around. 🙂

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  428. One of the things we do before taking a road trip is go get our truck checked out by our mechanic to make sure everything looks good.

  429. My tip is make sure the tires are properly inflated

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  434. tallcapp says:

    I do the following before starting on a long trip:
    Put the address into a GPS
    Make sure I have many bottles of water and some fruit in the car
    Fill up the gas tank
    Make sure my flashlight is working properly
    Make sure my cell phone is fully charged

  435. Sylvie W says:

    Do a standard check on your car: tires, oil, coolant and windshield wsher fluid.

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    I always check the air pressure in my tires, thanks!

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  442. Emma Peel says:

    Tires inflated, take along water(gallons), & First aid kit

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  447. April V. says:

    I like to make sure everything but one lamp is unplugged while we are gone – including tvs and other things you wouldn’t even think of. Not only does this save money (those things pull electricity even when off) but is safer as there is less chance of a short started fire.

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  450. Plenty of gas and properly inflated tires.

  451. Diane Baum says:

    Take my car for a tun up…but also never leave home without my phone charger.

  452. Michael Kuntz says:

    I always check my tire pressure before heading on a long road trip.

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  455. Tracey Byram says:

    I put 2 gallons of water and jumper cables in the trunk, just in case.

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  457. kathy pease says:

    we make sure to check the oil and all fluids on the car also the tires

  458. I always make sure I have extra drinking water. And if it is cold, I make sure I have extra blankets

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  466. My biggest thing is to make sure I have all of our medications (with me) and not in luggage. Also, I make sure all the doors and windows are locked, and that I have a neighbor checking our house and getting our mail when we are gone.

  467. I am getting ready to head out to TN from MI and I have gotten new tires well good used ones, oil changed and all that good stuff so my main advice for safety would be make sure your vehicle is in good working order make sure you have checked all your fluids and what not. Thanks for the chance.

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  475. Make sure the trailer is attached!

  476. I always have my car inspected before going on a road trip. I also make sure my roadside assistance plan is active

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  483. If you’re traveling with pets, make sure you map the location of the nearest vet.

  484. ewhatley says:

    Check that tires are properly inflated.

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  486. We always make sure our gas tank is full, oil has been changed, tires properly aired and rotated before going on a long road trip

  487. My safety tip is to always carry some sort of emergency kit – flashlight, flares, some non-perishable food, water, a small first-aid kit, a poncho or another type of jacket that folds up nice and small, etc. Oh, and I make sure my AAA membership is up to date! 🙂

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  492. Jill Myrick says:

    We make sure to always check the tread and air pressure in our tires before taking a trip.

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  497. darrick may says:

    well im a man so i always check to see if theres plenty of fluid and check all engine components such as hoses, connections ect. then i always like to have extra tires at least 1. because while out on the rd. there can always be accidents. these are the biggies.

  498. Even for short trips, I pack supplies we would need if we broke down and no one would find us for days. I think its too many episodes of 20/20 that have turned me into a worry wart.

  499. jennifer horn says:
  500. I always make sure I have my phone charger as well

  501. We make sure all our headlights and other lights are replaced and working before a road trip

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  506. Nicole Larsen says:

    We always make sure to check the tire pressure and to have an emergency kit in the car at all times!!!

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    pack extra clothes and a tool box

  526. Before we go on a roadtrip my husband checks our Tire pressure and Oil. Thanks for the giveaway 🙂

  527. Susan Smith says:

    We make sure the tires have enough air in them and the oil, water and windshield is full

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  535. My tip: Get a road service check by your dealer on your car before a trip to make sure it is road worthy!

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  559. Lily Kwan says:

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  565. Michelle H. says:

    First of all, the vehicle has to be in top working order. Then, have first aid supplies. And pack plenty of drinks and snacks.

  566. Bring a cell phone, first aid kit, bottle water and blankets.

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  569. I make sure my cell phone is charged and that all the parts of my emergency road kit are present and in good condition.

  570. Veronica Garrett says:

    Always take enough breaks to stay alert.

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