Eight Tips for a Road Trip and some friendly RV trip advice…
Eight Tips For The Road Ahead
Be Safe, Be Smart On A Long-Distance Road Trip
Whether you’re traveling alone,
with a buddy or with your spouse and a car full of kids, there are few things
more “American” than the long-distance road trip. Countless vacation travelers
will drive the highways looking for fun and making memories with every mile. If
traveling down the “holiday road” is in your plans, take the time to prepare
for your trip. You’ll have a more enjoyable vacation if you plan carefully.
Here are a few driving tips, courtesy of Bill Haddox Insurance:
1) Maintain your car. Make sure
your vehicle is up to date on its maintenance schedule, and be sure to check
the battery and tires.
2) Plan your trip and know where
you’re going. Call ahead for proper and safe directions to get you to your
destination safely and have maps of the area on hand to help you navigate once
you are off the main road. You’re more likely to make good decisions, even in
dangerous situations, if you’re clearheaded and know where you’re going.
3) Be alert. Seems obvious, but
driver inattention is surely the cause of a lot of accidents. If you stay
focused behind the wheel and plan carefully, you will have a wonderful summer
4) Take precaution with a cell
phone. Cell phones can be a lifesaver when you need immediate access to
emergency services after an accident. Keep your phone within easy reach and get
to know its features. However, use it prudently. Reports suggest that driving
while talking on the phone increases accident rates.
5) Wear your seat belt. Whether
or not it’s required by law in the state through which you’re driving, always
wear your seat belt as a safety precaution.
6) Protect your car against
theft. Help deter criminals from taking your car with steering wheel locks,
switches that disable fuel or ignition systems, and electronic tracking
7) If you’re in an accident.
Taking immediate steps if you’ve been in an accident can protect your family
and your car from further damage. Stop immediately and make sure your car is
not blocking traffic. Turn off your car to keep it from overheating or catching
fire. Warn oncoming cars using road flares or orange triangle reflectors. After
you have protected yourself and your family, call your insurance company immediately.
8) Make sure your auto insurance
is up to date. Before you even leave the driveway, you want to be sure you’re
protected when you’re on the road and far from home. An independent insurance
agent or broker can provide the personal service and advice you need to travel
A trip in an RV shouldn’t ruin your marriage … or your day
Mistakes happen, especially when you’re somewhere
unfamiliar, but the results of a recent survey may still surprise you.
The survey found that among RVers, a spouse is more
likely to be accidentally left behind than the dog.
A leading RV insurer, The Progressive Group of
Insurance Companies, surveyed more than 1,000 RVers countrywide to uncover
amusing mishaps they’ve experienced while traveling.
The survey found that the most common blunders made
while traveling are:
•driving away with the steps extended;
•backing into something;
•misjudging overhead or side clearance space;
•not connecting taillights correctly; and
•running out of gas.
The survey found that 53 percent of RVers spend a
month or more each year traveling the open road, and 42 percent travel more
than 500 miles per trip.
Traveling the open road in an RV can be a great
adventure, but sometimes it gets a little bumpy. That’s why RVers were also
asked about their insurance. When mishaps happen, you want to get back on the
road fast—ideally with all of your passengers on board.
Only 28 percent bought a stand-alone insurance policy
with specialized RV coverages. In fact, 54 percent simply added their RV to
their auto policy, and 14 percent didn’t buy any RV insurance.
Although mishaps can sometimes be funny, they can also
lead to costly damages. Simply adding your RV to your auto policy can leave you
woefully underprotected. It’s important to know what coverages are available to
adequately protect yourself and your vehicle.
To learn more about what an independent insurance agency
offers you, contact us at service@BillHaddoxInsurance.com or 254-662-4171.