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Tips for Seasonal Road Trips


You have good directions. You've loaded your favorite tunes. You even remembered to stock up on savory snacks. You couldn't possibly be more prepared for holiday traveling. Or could you?

Before heading out on your next over-the-road adventure, make sure you've taken the following steps.

Charge up. Don't ever let a drained battery keep you from phoning for help. If you have an old cell phone lying around your house, make sure it is fully charged, turn it off and put it in your vehicle. Any cell phone – whether it has an active service plan or not – will transmit a 911 call.

Make a trunk kit. Essential items to stow in your vehicle include a flashlight (with batteries), jumper cables and tire sealant-inflator.

Pack first-aid supplies. Be sure to include bandages and gauze pads of various sizes, antibiotic ointment, antiseptic wipes, a breathing barrier (with one-way valve), non-latex gloves and a first-aid instruction booklet.

Think fluidly. Keep extra bottles of fresh drinking water in your vehicle at all times.

Cover yourself. Having a blanket on hand can keep you warm and dry when the weather outside isn't.

Bonus Tip: With American Family's Emergency Roadside Service coverage, which can be added to your auto policy, a single call to 1-800-MYAMFAM is all it takes to get you and your vehicle back on the road. Talk to your agent for details.