How to prepare your vehicle and secure your home for a summer road

(BPT) – As peak summer travel season approaches, the cost and stress of road trips are top concerns for many travelers. With 43% of households planning road trips as their top travel plan this year, proper preparation of both your vehicle and home is essential. Mercury Insurance offers critical tips to ensure your vehicle is road-ready and your home is secure, allowing you to focus on the adventure ahead. These preparations can enhance your trip experience and provide peace of mind while you’re away.

“Preparing your vehicle and securing your home are critical steps before embarking on a summer road trip,” said Kevin Quinn, vice president of Auto Claims at Mercury Insurance. “Taking these steps can significantly reduce the chances of unexpected incidents and help ensure a smooth and enjoyable journey.”

Vehicle readiness:

  • Maintenance checks: Regular maintenance, such as oil changes and fluid checks, is indispensable, particularly before a long trip. Ensuring your air conditioning is up to the task is crucial for beating the summer heat.
  • Tire safety: Proper tire maintenance, including checking tire pressure, alignment, and tread wear, is vital for safe driving and fuel efficiency.
  • Lighting system check: Ensure all lights and signals are functional to communicate effectively with other drivers during day and night.
  • Emergency kit essentials: A well-stocked emergency kit should include road flares, jumper cables, and basic tools to handle unexpected roadside issues.

Home security:

  • Precautions before leaving: Secure all entry points and activate your security system. Inform a trusted neighbor or friend about your travel plans so they can keep an eye on your property.
  • Social media awareness: Delay posting about your trip to avoid tipping off potential burglars. Share your memories once you are safely home.
  • Insurance coverage: Review your home insurance policy to ensure you are covered against possible incidents while away.

Planning and preparation:

  • Route and weather planning: Check your travel route for disruptions, such as road work or severe weather conditions. Plan fuel stops or charging stations for electric vehicles (EVs) accordingly.
  • Local emergency information: Keep contact information for emergency services and local contacts accessible throughout your journey.

“Mercury Insurance is committed to supporting your summer travel plans with comprehensive advice and insurance solutions tailored to your needs,” Quinn said. As you prepare for your road trip, consider speaking with a Mercury Insurance agent to ensure your vehicle and home are adequately protected.

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Troy Petenbrink

Troy, also known as The Gay Traveler, is a well known travel and food writer. His has been a regular contributor to a variety of outlets including National Geographic, Travel Channel, DCRefined, CBS Local, and Metro Weekly. He also appears on local Washington news outlets as a travel expert.

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