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.


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82 comments:

peg42 said...

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

samke23 said...

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

peg42 said...

Tweeted:
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Ann Fantom said...

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

abfantom at yahoo dot com

nickieisis3 said...

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

mogrill said...

I do not, but I know I should.
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kellyr78 said...

I don't carry a kit, but I have a few things in case of emergency.
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kellyr78 said...

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jana24 said...

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

jana24 said...

Followed on Twitter @Sukki24
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kyl neusch said...

have a kit

ferriz said...

no i do not but i really need one.

danielle marie xdanimarie(at)yahoo(dot)com

Brenda Penton said...

I don't carry a road emergency kit

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Brenda Penton said...

I follow you on twitter as @newfiechic

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andrea v said...

I carry a blanket in my trunk. On longer trips my husband has tools and anything else he feels is needed.
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andrea v said...

Follow you on twitter vickers2622

clc408 said...

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

clc408 said...

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clc408 said...

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robyn paris said...

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

Mary Jenkins said...

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

Laura said...

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

Darwin said...

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

Darwin said...

I followed on twitter. @danceswithpucks

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Darwin said...

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

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blogginggal said...

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

blogginggal said...

I follow you on Twitter (JustPlainSuzi)

June Lisle said...

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

June Lisle said...

I follow you on Twitter as @Battle_Cry87.

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June Lisle said...

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

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Jennifer L. said...

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

Jennifer L. said...

I follow you on twitter.
@Mindfulcat7
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Nicole Henke said...

follow on twitter under bthm1

Nicole Henke said...

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

Nicole Henke said...

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

jjspat said...

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

iggysaysno said...

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

Denise S. said...

No, I don't think we have one.

Mihaela Day said...

No, I don't carry a road emergency kit

bbrittbrat1398 said...

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

calvad said...

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

Debbie said...

For sure, I carry an emergency kit. Sadly, I have needed it in the past
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Debbie said...

follow on twitter @mommakoala
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Debbie said...

tweeted
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Fan R. said...

I have a kit in a car because we have kids and need to be ready for any situation.
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Fan R. said...

tweet https://twitter.com/KimMctyre/status/486879937131864064
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cowboyswife said...

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

Jessilyn82 said...

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

Fan R. said...

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

tina reynolds said...

I don't carry one need too

tina reynolds said...

following on twitter @eaglesforjack

tina reynolds said...

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

Jill Myrick (jsc123) said...

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

jweezie43[at]gmail[dot]com

Jill Myrick (jsc123) said...

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

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

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Daniel M said...

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

pauline15 said...

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

pauline15 said...

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

Brittney said...

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

Francine said...

No but I need to get one.

fmd518 at gmail dot com

luckynordberg said...

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

Arifamily at comcast dot net

Breanne said...

I don't carry one.

bmweida at yahoo dot com

Susan Smoaks said...

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

Candie L said...

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

laurasloves said...

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

laurasloves said...

https://twitter.com/laurallee56/status/488136738913529856
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laurasloves said...

I follow you on twitter
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♥Heather Dawn♥ said...

I have a small emergency repair kit.

Raisingmypadawans at Gmail dot com

Lori Morgan said...

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

Maria Simon said...

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

Trisha McKee said...

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

tridingermckee at gmail dot com

Nicole Millheim said...

Yes a I carry one in my car KairaWolfie

Karen Drake said...

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

Jammie Morey said...

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

Jammie Morey said...

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

Monique Fullowka said...

Today's winner:

iggysaysno said...
37
I do carry a kit but realized the other day it doesn't even have a lug wrench...

Charlene Kuser said...

I carry jumper cables and that's all.

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Charlene Kuser said...

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

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SexyBrat said...

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.

Rachel Moliere said...

I have half a kit!
theatre396 at gmail dot com

Jennifer Reed said...

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

AEKZ2 said...

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

Brian E. said...

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

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