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Road Trip Tips

July 02, 2012

It’s that time of the year for summer vacations! Follow these tips from the Credit Union to help make your vacation an enjoyable experience for everyone.

  • Examine your tires. Switch your winter tiresfor summer or all-season tires.
  • Check tire pressure. You’ll save on gas mileagewith properly-infated tires.
  • Inspect your car. Get your car’s oil changedbefore going on your trip. Check the coolant/ antifreeze. Inspect belts and hoses. Test wiperblades and refll washer fuid. Check the car’sbattery; extreme weather can add strain onthe battery.
  • Prepare an emergency kit for your car. Include:fashlight, fares, frst-aid kit, jumper cables, mat/blanket, extra clothes and gloves, papertowels, extra washer fuid, nonperishable food, water, and basic tools.
  • Pack smart. Bring only what is necessary foryour trip. Pack food and snacks, and remember the camera!
  • Load smart. Don’t pack the back of yourvehicle so it obstructs your view. Put items you’ll need along the way at the top of the pile.
  • Avoid fatigue. Get a good night’s rest. Bewary of cafeine; a cofee buzz is followed by alull. Switch drivers every few hours. Stop ofen; this helps lower freeway fatigue.
  • Tow with safety in mind. Keep it slow andsmooth. If you’re new to towing, don’t do it until you’ve educated yourself onproper technique.
  • Take the scenic route. Have some fun onyour trip!
  • Be nice. Use your signals. Let faster driverspass. Don’t tailgate. Be patient with trucksand larger vehicles.
  • Protect Your Finances. Visit the Credit Unionand purchase traveler’s checks. Carry a checkcard; it’s safer than cash. Apply for one a fewweeks before your vacation.

Following these tips will help minimize travel hassle and maximize vacation fun!
*Source: edmunds.com

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