This is sponsored post on behalf of State Farm®. All opinions are 100% my own.
The holidays are here and thanks to lower gas prices this year, it appears millions of us will be hitting the road over the next six weeks to visit family and friends by car. Okay, maybe by minivan, SUV, 4 door sedan, and God bless those of you traveling with more than two adults in a coupe. All the same, in my book, taking a holiday road trip is just the best and this year I’ve got some great tips from State Farm’s Safety Patrol about how to make sure your holiday road trip is safe too.
I spent most of my childhood in southern Ohio and because our extended family lived in northern Ohio, every year we’d visit in August for a massive family reunion ~ seriously, hundreds of people (and they even held mass) ~ and at Thanksgiving. Just a five hour drive from Cincinnati up to Akron. I used to love those trips and all the promise they held. Don’t get me wrong, there were plenty of mishaps, like the time one of my siblings got car sick and we had to finish the trip with the windows down or the countless stops to rest areas without actual plumbing ~ yes I’m serious! But those aren’t the lasting memories. The lasting memories are all about how wonderful it was to take in the Ohio landscape going from Cincinnati through Dayton and Columbus on our way to Akron. Wondering about the farms we passed and who lived in the houses we could see in the distance. And the adventure of spending time with all that family at such a special time of year.
Fast forward to today and I truly love a good road trip! Maybe it’s because the only way my family travelled for any kind of trip was by car and so it’s just second nature. Maybe it’s because the holidays always included a road trip. Maybe it’s because I’m old school and don’t believe my family will vanish from the face of the earth if they are disconnected while in transit. Maybe it’s because spotting license plates from all fifty states on one road trip is like a bucket list item for me. Whatever the reason, I love road trips and road trips love me.
But here’s the thing. Before we indulge in all that nostalgia and fun, it’s my job to make sure our vehicle is ready to hit the road. Shades of my father, I’ve just always been the one who navigates all the pre-trip car safety details. And this year I’m loving State Farm’s round up of to-dos to help me get ready ~ you had to know I’d love their list! Check it out:
Hydrate Your Vehicle
- Check fluid levels: brake, automatic transmission, power steering, windshield washer and coolant. Make sure each reservoir is full and if you see any sign of fluid leakage, take your vehicle in to be serviced.
Give Your Vehicle a Check-up
- Check the air pressure in all tires, including the spare.
- Make sure the wiper blades are functioning properly.
- Check battery life and inspect batteries and battery cables.
- Inspect brake pads and linings for wear; change the oil and filter according to manufacturer’s service interval specifications.
- Test the headlights, brake lights, turn signals, emergency flashers and interior lights.
Prepare an Emergency Roadside Kit
- Jumper Cables
- Emergency flat tire repair
- Hazard triangle, road flares, brightly colored distress sign, or “Help” or “Call Police” flag
- Screwdrivers and wrenches
- First aid kit
- Cell phone and charger
Clearly you can see that this list is a keeper not just for the holidays but all year long. Think summer vacation, weekend getaways, okay maybe weekend travel (sports tournaments is more accurate, but you get my point!) But the holidays are where State Farm’s amazing and FREE Safety Patrol Program comes into play. Together with state transportation agencies, State Farm® is working hard to promote highway safety by providing a fleet of vehicles to patrol highways. While out on the road they will monitor accidents, debris, and stranded motorists with the goal of providing assistance to keep us all safe and on our way.
While the roadside assistance services are limited, they include the most common issues holiday road trip divers might encounter on sponsored public highways like tire changes, minor mechanical issues, and debris removal. The State Farm® Safety Patrol program helps over 700K consumers each year in 14 states with 18 sponsored patrols. I’m so glad they are in my state because most of our travel will happen right here in North Carolina. And with a son in college and traveling state sponsored highways without us by his side, it’s wonderful to know that he’ll have this free resource to depend on, too.
I’m nothing if not well prepared for…well…most anything that I can be. But I’m also a huge fan of finding great resources to depend on too. In this case, I’m thankful to State Farm® for taking the guess work out of how to both prepare for holiday road trips and navigate unexpected hiccups too. Tell me…
How do you prepare your car for your family’s holiday road trip?
I hope this post finds you embracing the joy that is winter holidays, family and friends. While it can be a difficult time of year for some, it surrounds us with fellowship. Taking to the highway for a holiday road trip might be just what your family needs this year to make memories and new traditions. Wherever your car takes you, safe travels and thanks for stopping by!
Disclosure: Thanks to State Farm for engaging me to create this is sponsored post. All opinions are 100% my own.