Sunday, July 13, 2014

Road Trip Safety Tips and Reader Giveaway From State Farm

During the hot summer months, it is important to remember to make sure vehicles are properly equipped with roadside emergency supplies to help keep families safe this summer.

Before logging all those miles on your family road trip this summer, remember to:
  • Beat the Heat: Inspect the radiator, pressure cap, belts, and hoses to make sure they are in good shape with no signs of blisters, cracks, or cuts in the rubber.
  • 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.
Before any longer trip, any time of year, remember to 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, and
  • Test the headlights, brake lights, turn signals, emergency flashers and interior lights
Move the beach gear over for the roadside emergency kit:

Even if you’ve prepared your vehicle for summer travel, it never hurts to have a "just in case" kit in your trunk. Your emergency kit should include:

Summer Driving Tips
  • Jumper cables
  • Flashlight
  • Emergency flat tire repair
  • Gloves, blankets and towels
  • Hazard triangle, road flares, brightly colored distress sign, or "Help" or "Call Police" flag
  • Screwdrivers and wrenches
  • First aid kit
  • Cell phone and charger
  • Water for both the car radiator and your family
  • High-calorie, non-perishable food

Traveling with kids:
  • Always use proper safety restraints
  • Use the long drive as teaching moments about safe driving
  • Pack a cooler with healthy snacks like water, fruit, nuts and granola
  • Stop every few hours to let the kids stretch their legs
  • Adults should take the time to exit the vehicle and stretch too.  If you become drowsy, don’t hesitate to pull over to a safe location and rest until you feel able to continue the drive
  • Use electronic devices to help keep away the boredom on the long drives
Make sure to check and stock trunk supplies twice a year and remember never leave on a road trip with your vehicle’s "check engine light" or "malfunction indicator light" lit up. If you take these precautions, you and your vehicle might be happier on the roads this summer. And don’t forget to have fun!
- See more here.


State Farm cares about you and your family and would love to giveaway ONE summer trunk safety makeover kits, worth $50 in value. Entrant can be from the USA or Canada.
A random draw will be made by Random.org on July 13, 2014 from all entries received.


To Enter:

Tell me if you already carry a road emergency kit in your car or truck. As well, please leave your email.

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82 comments:

  1. No, I don't carry a road emergency kit, but I really sould.

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  2. I don't carry one at the moment but it is a great idea! samke23 at gmail dot com

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  3. Tweeted:
    https://twitter.com/peg42/status/484126046707396608

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  4. I have some oil, jumper cables, washer fluid and fix-a-flat in my trunk

    abfantom at yahoo dot com

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  5. No, I don't carry a road emergency kit, but I should.

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  6. I do not, but I know I should.
    mogrill12@gmail.com

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  7. I don't carry a kit, but I have a few things in case of emergency.
    kellywcu8888ATgmailDOTcom

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  8. I Follow you on twitter(kellydpa)
    kellywcu8888ATgmailDOTcom

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  9. I don't currently carry a kit, have been meaning to pick up one though. augusta _ butter fly (at) hot mail (dot) com

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  10. Followed on Twitter @Sukki24
    Tweet https://twitter.com/Sukki24/status/484510712018907136

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  11. no i do not but i really need one.

    danielle marie xdanimarie(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  12. I don't carry a road emergency kit

    brendapenton(at)gmail(dot)com

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  13. I follow you on twitter as @newfiechic

    brendapenton(at)gmail(dot)com

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  14. I carry a blanket in my trunk. On longer trips my husband has tools and anything else he feels is needed.
    Vickers at comcast dot net

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  15. Follow you on twitter vickers2622

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  16. I don't carry an emergency kit. I should.

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  17. Tweet
    https://twitter.com/clc408/status/484653434843324416

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  18. Following on twitter @clc408

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  19. i don't carry an emergency road trip pack in my trunk. rparis100@gmail.com

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  20. I don't have an emergency kit. I just have a can of a fix-a-flat in my trunk, and a jug of water in case my car catches on fire. (It happened to me years ago, and I had to extinguish the flames with the only liquid I had in my car:soy milk.)

    msmaryjenkins@gmail.com

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  21. We do not, I have never thought to do that actually. It'd be great to have one!

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  22. We have the standard emergency kit that came with the car. I guess I should take a look at it and update some items in there.

    danceswithpucks at gmail dot com

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  23. I followed on twitter. @danceswithpucks

    danceswithpucks at gmail dot com

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  24. i tweeted:
    https://twitter.com/danceswithpucks/status/484765068286889985

    danceswithpucks at gmail dot com

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  25. I do carry one but I want to get one for my folks because they don't and really should! (Suzi)

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  26. I follow you on Twitter (JustPlainSuzi)

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  27. I have a few emergency items in my truck and a AAA membership. I need to get more for it though. junerlisle at gmail dot com

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  28. I follow you on Twitter as @Battle_Cry87.

    junerlisle at gmail dot com

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  29. Here is a link to my tweet https://twitter.com/Battle_Cry87/status/485093791305433088

    junerlisle at gmail dot com

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  30. I have a small emergency kit in my car.
    jentam777 at gmail dot com

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  31. I follow you on twitter.
    @Mindfulcat7
    jentam777 at gmail dot com

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  32. oops first comment didnt process- I had one, but its been depleted and need a new one!

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  33. retweeted giveaway: https://twitter.com/oneincome/status/484132121468882944

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  34. I have about half a kit, but several items are well aged,

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  35. I do carry a kit but realized the other day it doesn't even have a lug wrench...

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  36. No, I don't think we have one.

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  37. No, I don't carry a road emergency kit

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  38. No, I have nothing in my car.
    Brittney House BBrittBrat1398@yahoo.com

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  39. No, I do not already carry a road emergency kit in my car.

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  40. For sure, I carry an emergency kit. Sadly, I have needed it in the past
    mommakoala(at)cogeco(dot)ca

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  41. follow on twitter @mommakoala
    mommakoala(at)cogeco(dot)ca

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  42. tweeted
    https://twitter.com/mommakoala/status/486832541966823424
    mommakoala(at)cogeco(dot)ca

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  43. I have a kit in a car because we have kids and need to be ready for any situation.
    teddyoutready2(at)gmail(dot)com

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  44. tweet https://twitter.com/KimMctyre/status/486879937131864064
    teddyoutready2(at)gmail(dot)com

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  45. I did but for someone reason my husband took it out and I don't know where it is now.

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  46. I have a few extra blankets and a spare tire with a few tools but not much else.

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  47. tweet https://twitter.com/KimMctyre/status/487602739854053376

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  48. following on twitter @eaglesforjack

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  49. https://twitter.com/eaglesforjack/status/487605777343848449

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  50. We carry emergency items such as blankets, non perishable food and bottled water in our trunk.

    jweezie43[at]gmail[dot]com

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  51. I tweeted the giveaway as @jlsc123 (Jill Myrick) located here:

    https://twitter.com/jlsc123/status/487629131589246976

    jweezie43[at]gmail[dot]com

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  52. don't have an emergency kit, just jumper cables - regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com

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  53. I have an emergency kit, but it's minimal.

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  54. my tweet: https://twitter.com/pauline15/status/487796624366649346
    pauline15_01(at)hotmail

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  55. I do not have an emergency kit. brittneydejajason@gmail.com

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  56. No but I need to get one.

    fmd518 at gmail dot com

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  57. I don't carry anything but a blanket, and a phone charger!

    Arifamily at comcast dot net

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  58. I don't carry one.

    bmweida at yahoo dot com

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  59. i do not have an emergency kit, but i need to get one.
    susansmoaks at gmail dot com

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  60. Gosh darn it. That is something I cannot ever seem to remember to keep in my car. I seem to keep everything else. Thank you

    candieluster(at)gmail(dot)com

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  61. I don't have full emergency kit in the car, just some jumper cables and flares.
    lauraemerson17 at yahoo dot com

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  62. https://twitter.com/laurallee56/status/488136738913529856
    lauraemerson17 at yahoo dot com

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  63. I follow you on twitter
    laurallee56
    lauraemerson17 at yahoo dot com

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  64. I have a small emergency repair kit.

    Raisingmypadawans at Gmail dot com

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  65. I have some emergency items but need to replenish. morhun8(at)icloud(dot)com

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  66. I have some cables..a flashlight a spare tire and hope to roll with the flow :)

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  67. I actually do not have an emergency kit in my car.

    tridingermckee at gmail dot com

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  68. Yes a I carry one in my car KairaWolfie

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  69. I don't carry a road emergency kit yet.
    karenldrake@mail.com

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  70. We have jumper cables in the trunk and a jack, but we really have nothing else. sweepmorey at gmail dot com

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  71. tweeted https://twitter.com/mommysdizzy/status/488329500556410880

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  72. Today's winner:

    iggysaysno said...
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    I do carry a kit but realized the other day it doesn't even have a lug wrench...

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  73. I carry jumper cables and that's all.

    CharlieGurl57@aol.com

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  74. Tweeted this giveaway:https://twitter.com/Swtlilchick/status/488396896222736384

    CharlieGurl57@aol.com

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  75. Currently we don't have one persey, we have a tire, and a way to change that, as well as a flashlight, and some jumper cables, but that's it.

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  76. I have half a kit!
    theatre396 at gmail dot com

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  77. Unfortunately, I do not already carry a road emergency kit in my car. jenysa at comcast dot net

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  78. Sadly, I my cars do not have emergency kits.
    annettekz2 AT yahoo DOT com

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  79. Thanks for the giveaway… we carry a somewhat "incomplete" road emergency kit in our trunk at present.

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