1. Know your route. Plan in advance how you’re going to get there – gather all the maps and travel information you’ll need.
2. Leave in plenty of time. The last thing you need is to be “running late” on a car trip.
3. Stock your vehicle with an emergency kit containing warm clothing, flares, sand or kitty litter, blanket, working flashlight, first aid kit, simple tools, snacks, drinking water and a cell phone with a charger cable.
4. Motorists should check the condition of their batteries, tires, fluids and hoses to make sure their vehicles are ready before heading out.
5. Download useful, free applications onto your smartphone. Such as mapping and gas price comparisons. It’s available for iPhone, iPads and Android-compatible devices.
6. Limit distractions in the car, such as cell phone use and texting. When you take your eyes off the road for as little as two seconds, you double your crash risk.
7. Drive refreshed. Get enough rest before driving and avoid alcohol.
8. Buckle up and make sure all your passengers are properly restrained with children in age-appropriate child car seats or booster seats.