Holiday trips, how to make sure you arrive safely

Holiday Travel

Almost 100 million people in the United States are expected to travel 50 miles or more for holiday gatherings and vacations this season, almost 90% of them by motor vehicle. In addition, many college students will be driving home for break. If you’re looking ahead to a road trip, it’s a good time to take stock of what you know about road readiness. In case of emergency it is an excellent idea to have a emergency roadside assistance plan in place. 

In addition to belonging to a good auto road service plan you should also carry an emergency kit in your vehicle. You can buy these ready-made online or at auto or hardware stores. Or put one together yourself for a nifty gift. Some items to include are: flares or reflective triangles, flashlight, batteries and a pocketknife, jumper cables, a small first-aid kit, blankets, rags or paper towels, a quart of oil and extra windshield wiper fluid, a help/call police sign and brightly colored cloth to tie to your antenna, a tire inflator and a multipurpose tool, and a cell-phone charger.