Vacation Prep: Get There and Back in One Piece

You want your vacation to be memorable for all the right reasons, and that doesn’t include unexpected car troubles, car accidents or other types of emergencies. While you can’t control everything, proper planning can go a long way to preventing unwanted hassles and tragedies. So, if you’re planning to take to the road for your summer vacation, we have a few tips.

Prepare Your Car for Your Travel and Destination

Travel throughout the US has the potential to take you through the blistering heat of southern Texas or the likes of Death Valley as well as unseasonably cool Pacific Northwest where mountain camping could very well see snow. You need to make sure your car is prepared for the conditions you are likely to face.

If you’re not sure what you need, contact the professionals at Quanz Auto Body. We can give you tips on what to do and/or pack to prevent engine overheating and AC failures or what you’ll need to deal with snow, ice and/or road washouts.

Have an Emergency Kit Ready

Your car should be equipped with the basics for first aid and survival. A commercial first aid kit is a good place to start, but if you want to make your own, make sure you have:

  • Antiseptic wipes
  • Bandages and wound dressings
  • Burn gel or ointment
  • Pain relievers
  • Scissors and tape

You may also want to have enough food and water supplies to last up to 24 hours in the event of a breakdown in an area where you have to wait for help to arrive. To that end, having an extra cell phone battery or secondary communication device is a good idea.

Plan Your Route and Re-Route

There’s nothing wrong with using your GPS to get to your vacation destination, but have a backup, like a road atlas, paper map or local contact in case you need to re-route because of road closures, construction or loss of signal.

We hope that you do not need to resort to emergency kits or backup plans, but investing the time to have the supplies and information you need in the event of trouble can spare you worlds of inconvenience and get you back home safely.