Memorial Day is coming up this weekend and according to USA Today, an estimated 39.3 million U.S travelers are expected to take the road, skies, rails and water. Read more to learn about five major safety tips that will make you feel a little more secure during your long awaited family vacations on the road.

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With the weather starting to warm up, and the summer finally upon us, road trip season is here and many of us are so excited. Whether you plan on taking a cross country trip with the family or a weekend getaway with your loved one, the highways will soon be a little more crowded than usual, and we here at Coggin Honda of Ft. Pierce want you to stay safe. 

1. Do you have the proper emergency items?
-This seems like such a common check off your checklist, yet forgetting common necessities like a phone charger, sunscreen, or aspirin is such an easy fix and can save you a major headache in the event of a car emergency. Most items needed are accessible at gas stations or drugstores that you pass by while traveling. While you stop and get gas on your first leg of your journey, recheck your belongs to make sure you have everything you need. Browse through the travel items at pit stops or gas stations to be extra cautious on your journey on items that you may need.

2. What is in your road safety emergency kits?
-Having an emergency kit is essential in daily life, but many of us don't think to place one in our vehicles. Having an emergency kit before heading out on the road is an essential item that can potential save you a lot of trouble in case of an emergency. Common household items like: water bottles for the people accompanied in the trip, a flashlight, alcohol swabs, Band-Aids, gloves and a pair of scissors are all examples of items that are perfect for an emergency kit. Inexpensive items that you can also include are jumper cables and a multi-purpose tool (ex: wrench) that you can use on many p;arts of your car. 

3. Small Distractions on the Road Can Cause Big Disasters
-Distracted drivers are common on the roads during anytime of the day. Be as alert as possible of all your surroundings. Little things such as your kids in the backseat, your purse on the floor behind the passengers seat to your cell phone, are all common distractions that should be avoided as much as possible. Taking your eyes off the road for even a split second can end in disaster. 

4. Be prepared before you drive off
-Before you start your trip, make sure to have everything as organized as it can be. If you do not know the direction you are taking, make sure your GPS is already connected to your destination or you have already outlined the course on your map. Have your music playlist already set and hooked up. If your vehicle has Bluetooth, utilize it to provide you with a hands-free connection to your phone. If you have children accompanying your trip, keep them entertained as much as possible on the road so they cause as little distraction as possible. Playing their favorite music, or setting them with a tablet or coloring book are ways to keep their minds occupied and your family more safe. 

5. Personal vehicle skill set 
-Many road travelers have their vehicles inspected before leaving out on their trip, yet you never know when something will come up. Having basic knowledge about your vehicle can help you during times of despair. Learning skills like; how to check oil levels, tire pressure or even learning how to change a tire (and making sure you have the right equipment to do so if needed.) Just as a safety measure, you will be prepared for minor issues on the road if they arise. 

We hope everyone out on the roads this Memorial Day weekend, and this summer, are safe and follow these five basic safety guidelines!

Happy traveling! 

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