Easy ways to avoid a highway breakdown

Looks like weather in Overland Park, Kansas will be great for the holiday weekend! If you’re packing your bags to go on a road trip there are a few things you can do to help ensure your safe arrival.

Don’t ignore warning lights! If your engine maintenance light or any of your preventive maintenance auto dash lights are on, now is not the time to hit the highway. The stress of a long-distance drive at high summer temperatures may be what pushes the reminder to a full-blown auto repair emergency.

Check your tires. Really—when was the last time you took a good look at your tire wear? Or checked the pressure in your spare tire?

Check your fluid levels. The proper amount of oil, transmission fluid, coolant, or washer fluid could be the difference between a great weekend and a day at the auto repair shop.

Pack an emergency kit. Nothing is more miserable than a car full of hungry/thirsty passengers who are wishing to be anywhere but on the side of the highway. At the very least bring along some water.

Have a roadside assistance phone number handy. Even if you’re not a member of AAA, many insurance companies offer their own roadside assistance programs.

But they won’t be much help if you don’t have the number.

Remember, if you should have an accident or breakdown, stay in your vehicle! Wait for the tow truck or other emergency responder to arrive before exiting.

And whatever you do—put the phone away when you are behind the wheel!

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