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The school year is winding down and for many that means it is time for a summer road trip. Of course, you want to make sure your trip to and from your vacation destination is safe. Here are some tips to help you have an accident-free summer trip!

Planning

Plan as much detail as possible in advance so there’s no need to figure out where you are going while you are driving. Before you leave, map out your trip. Find out if you should expect any extensive construction on your drive. Look into options for places that you can stop and take a break. Consider restaurant options for meals. In addition, if your drive is very long, consider breaking it up into more than one day with a hotel stop in between. If you don't want to stop overnight, make sure you switch drivers so one person doesn't become too fatigued.

Check the Vehicle Condition

Check to make sure you have enough windshield washer fluid and that your last oil change was done recently. Measure the tire air pressure to verify it is adequate. Consider having an inspection done if you are concerned about the way the car is running before you leave. You really don't want to have a breakdown on a highway. If you wind up in that situation, make sure you pull off as far as possible. Getting completely off the highway is ideal since the shoulder is not very safe for car repairs.  

Always Buckle Up

Make sure everyone is properly buckled in the car every time you are driving, including short excursions such as a trip from the hotel to the beach. Children need to be properly restrained in the correct car seat. If necessary, pull off the road to handle a dicey situation!

Consider the drive as part of the adventure and don't try to rush it. Take it easy, enjoy the drive and have a wonderful, safe vacation!

Don’t forget about your coverage. Call Adcock-Adcock Property & Casualty Agency, Inc. at 813-933-6691 for more information on Tampa auto insurance.

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