Get your Easter holiday road trip in full swing with these 4 tips

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, updated on November 25th, 2021       

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Before you pack the trunk and hop into your car to your Easter holiday destination you need to get your car ready. Getting a checklist ready for things that you need to do before you drive down has become easier with these four tips that will help you enjoy making memories than driving with a headache.

Run a maintenance check well in advance

You need to check that your car is in good condition to take on the road trip before you and your family find themselves stranded on the side of the road. Make sure that things such as your coolant, oil, Battery, and tires are checked along with other necessary maintenance checks.

As much as the children might cry to bring extra gifts, toys, and clothes along the trip make sure that you don’t pack this extra luggage in a car which can act as a harmful projectile should you be involved in an accident. It will be best to invest in a trailer that is compatible with your vehicle to ensure that everyone’s must-haves don’t get left behind.

Have an emergency kit for both passengers and the car

Road trips can be fun, long and unpredictable. Therefore, it is best to be prepared with the necessary equipment to help those in need. You can run through your first aid kit box to make sure that you have a complete supply. If there is anything that is about to expire you will have to replace it before you take your trip.

You can get roadside assistance insurance that will give you the help that you need with one press of a button. When you sign up for your car insurance you will have to ask your lender if the insurance comes with roadside assistance.

An emergency kit for your car is the second most essential item that will ensure that all passengers are kept safe even if you get stuck on the highway. Make sure that your kit is kept in the trunk and has items such as a flashlight, spark plugs, flares, and oil. You can also add any other necessary maintenance item that will help you in case of a break down on the road.

Have you insured everything?

You want to ensure that you are protected when you get behind the wheel because anything can happen. If you don’t have comprehensive car insurance, then you should consider getting yourself an affordable cover immediately. Comparing your car insurance quotes will make sure that you walk away with a good deal.

Fatigue kicks in and sometimes you need someone else to take over the driving for you. However, you need to know that you have to include that person in your insurance coverage in case anything happens. This will allow you to avoid being slapped with a fine that ranges from $1,000 to $2,000 for having an unlisted driver who caused an accident.

Cue the entertainment with a good tech set-up

Not everyone is able to afford rear seat screens that will be able to turn down the cries of ‘are we there yet’, but most of us own phones. If you have an Android phone you can keep everyone entertained with good vibes and tunes that will help them get excited. Android Auto is all the infotainment you need.

You can control things such as navigations and maps, calls, text, and music on the comfort of your phone screen making sure that you spend more time keeping your eyes on the road and less time trying to find things. To set-up your Android Auto is simple. The only tools you need to make it fly are a; phone mount, a Bluetooth receiver for those cars that don’t come with it, and the Android Auto App. For more help on setting your android phone up you can go to Google Support

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