Sports enthusiasts are counting the hours and minutes to the biggest sporting event – the Super Bowl.
If you’re doing a road trip to the Super Bowl next week you will appreciate a few good traveling tips to heed on your journey. Also tips on making sure the ‘party and the vehicle’ are all covered with the right insurance.
Prepping for Your Road Trip
Overall Checkup: Whether you do it yourself or go to a garage, pre-trip auto maintenance is essential to comfortable cruising. Check the wiper blades, all fluid levels (oil, water, etc.), belt and hose connections, tire pressure, turn signals, horn and headlights. If your vehicle is still not instilling confidence, consider an all-out professional inspection.
Trunk 101: Exactly how prepared you want to be as far as your vehicle tool kit is up to you, but a few items go without saying. The following should always be within easy reach when you open your trunk door: a tire iron, bottled water, fire extinguisher, flashlight and first-aid kit and reflectors/flares.
Spare Care: Just because you have a spare tire doesn’t mean it’s in working order. Give it a good look before hitting the road to ensure it is properly pumped and the treads are intact. If you’ve got the space, swap out doughnut tires for a full-size spare.
Mobile Security: Few people travel far without their mobile phone; but you might want to check roaming costs and ask any other questions you might have for your cell provider before you hit the road.
Safe Driving: Traffic for special events is always heavier and driving safely requires more attention to the road. Make sure all your passengers are buckled up and an experienced driver is behind the wheel. Save the alcohol for when you arrive, not in the car. And remember, safe driving ensures your auto insurance rates will stay lower.
Auto Insurance: Before leaving for the Super Bowl make sure your auto insurance is current and complete. Make sure there is a copy of your auto insurance in your glove box. Be sure that your policy covers all of your fellow travelers, family and friends and double check your deductible to be sure you’re comfortable with it.
Emergency Travel Expense: If your vehicle is incapacitated because of a covered loss, most auto insurance policies cover the cost of a rental car and/or hotel room while your vehicle is being repaired. If your vehicle is not repairable, the policy can cover airfare or funds to enable you to return you and your family or fellow travelers home.