Road trip safety tips -

Road trip safety tips

At the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, they celebrate America's love affair with cars. The station wagon is one of those nostalgic symbols that says "family road trip," but no matter what you drive, safety is priority number one.

Here are some tips to ensure your safety. Engine fluids are the blood of your car, and running out of any of them while you're driving can seriously compromise your safety, not to mention damage to your car. Make sure you or your mechanic check these fluid levels—motor oil, transmission fluid, brake fluid, antifreeze, and windshield washer fluid. 

You never know what kind of weather you'll encounter on a road trip, so make sure your windshield wiper blades are in good working order. Snow, rain, sleet, mud, bugs - you name it - it can end up completely blocking your visibility if your blades break down. Make sure they work smoothly at all speeds and buy replacement blades if the rubber is cracked, split or worn.

Even the most well-maintained car can develop problems out on the open road, so take along an emergency roadside assistance kit. If you don't have one, you can buy a basic kit for under $25. Make sure it has a jumper cable and a flashlight. And if you already have a kit, make sure it's stocked with the things you might need.
Nothing can put the brakes on a family road trip faster than a flat tire or a blow out, so also make sure your tires are in good shape and ready to go the distance.

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