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Airline prices are through the roof this spring, largely due to the cost of gasoline. Therefore, your family may find it more economical to take a road trip this year on your family’s annual vacation.

Just think; no waiting in line for security, delays, missed connection flights, or the insanity that often involves traveling with a family in an airport.

 The Insurance Center of Decatur is here to give you a few tips on how to make the most of your road trip!

1.) Roadside Rescue Service:  This type of service is very beneficial in the case of a breakdown. They can also help if you run out of gas! The cost of such service is usually very minimal; call us today to see what the cost will be to add this option to your policy.

2.) Get your paperwork together: Before you leave, make sure all drivers have up-to-date driver’s licenses. Also, the car’s registration should be in an easily accessible location in case it is needed along with your auto insurance papers and a list of emergency contact numbers. A list of the medications the family members take and contact information for your family physician is also a good idea to keep in the glove box of your vehicle with all the other important paper work.

3.) Clean the car: There is nothing better than starting off your trip in a clean, clutter-free car! Make sure all food wrappers, excess trash, and empty water bottles are disposed of. Also, it doesn’t hurt to have the exterior looking nice; get it washed to make it look more enticing! Help keep it that way during your trip by insuring you have a trash container available.

4.) Prepare the music: Finding a radio station that has the music you are looking for is never an easy task when you are moving from state to state. It can also cause distracted driving in unfamiliar surroundings that could turn your vacation into a very stressful situation. Therefore before you leave, make sure to have either numerous CDs or iPod playlists filled with music that everyone in the car will enjoy.

5.) Divide and conquer (the road that is!): The most important part of a road trip is to share the driving responsibilities equally. It is not fair to have one person in the car do all of the driving, not to mention completely exhausting! Rotate every few hours so that the drivers are always rested, refreshed, and ready to take on the next leg of the journey. Besides, The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that approximately 100,000 police-reported crashes annually involve drowsiness and/or fatigue as a principal causal factor. There is no faster way to ruin a road trip then having to call and report a claim to your auto insurance agent.

Have a safe road trip season!

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