Summertime in Wisconsin means a season of relaxation and fun in the sun. Road trips, whether in the form of weekend getaways or a longer family vacation, are an enjoyable and economical way to explore our beautiful state. With a little bit of preparation, you can make your summer road trip a fun and safe experience for all.
While embarking on a road trip is exciting, safety should always be a top priority. Before hitting the road, preparation is essential. Here are several tips to ensure a smooth ride.
Get your car serviced
First things first: make sure your car is 100% ready for the journey ahead. While you can’t prevent every mechanical breakdown, having your car serviced before you hit the road is a good preventative. Look for a trusted mechanic to look over your car and confirm it’s in good condition. At minimum, they should check your brakes, oil, fluids, battery, and tires and replace them if needed.
Plan your route
Map out your trip in advance as much as possible to stay on track. Consider creating an itinerary that includes items such as where you’ll visit, where you’ll stay, where you’ll eat, and any detour sightseeing stops. Use your GPS or other navigation tools to help you plot the best route. It’s also a good idea to familiarize yourself with the area’s weather conditions and potential hazards.
Pack everything you will need for the trip, including healthy snacks, bottled water or sports drinks, and activities for the kids to do in the car. Remember to bring plenty of sunscreen, hats, and clothing to protect you from the sun. If you’re planning to camp or hike in one of Wisconsin’s scenic state parks, don’t forget your tent, sleeping bags, and other necessary camping gear. It is also wise to pack an emergency kit with a flashlight, basic tools like jumper cables and a tire gauge, and a first-aid kit.
Get enough rest to stay alert
Since fatigue is a top contributor to accidents, it is crucial to get plenty of rest prior to a road trip. Get a good night’s sleep, take breaks every few hours, keep the interior temperature of the vehicle cool, and drink plenty of water. If you find yourself getting drowsy, switch driving with a passenger if possible or pull over in a safe area to take a break.
Invest in the right car insurance
Accidents do happen, so it’s best to be prepared. Having the right car insurance is a critical safety measure that can help protect you and your vehicle in the event of an accident or other emergency. Make sure your insurance policy is up-to-date and has adequate coverage for the entire trip. Rural Mutual Insurance Company offers customized coverage options to keep your family safe.
Your Wisconsin road trip will be amazing and memorable, especially if you put safety first. Remember to plan the route and get your vehicle checked before setting out, and always observe traffic rules and take adequate breaks. With a little pre-planning and attention, your trip will be a highlight of your summer. Passengers can also play Rural Mutual’s Wisconsin Summer Road Trip Bingo to keep the miles flying by. Happy travels!