Summer Road Safety Tips (giveaway ends 7/19/14)


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Are you gearing up for a summer road trip? Perhaps you are going to visit relatives in another state or take your family on a road trip across the country. If you plan on spending any time in your car this summer you need to take a few moments to think about your safety.

Before engaging on any road trip you should pay you mechanic a visit to make sure you car is in tip top shape. Don’t assume your car is OK. Make sure your breaks are in good shape, oil is changed, tires are inflated and all your fluids are checked.

Travel safety is not only about your car but also your home.

Before you leave on your trip make sure you put a temporary hold on your mail and newspaper deliveries. You wouldn’t want would-be burglars to know you are not at home. You might also want to invest in some programmable lighting sources to go on at night and off in the morning. In addition you should let a trusted neighbor know your not at home and have them keep an eye out on your home.

When you are going on a long road trip chances are your trunk space is overflowing with luggage, toys, games and snacks. It’s important that you also make room for a safety kit.

A safety kit should contain everything you might need in the event your vehicle breaks down. Some suggestions would be;

  • Jumper cables
  • Flashlight
  • First Aid kit
  • Emergency flat tire repair kit
  • Charger for your cellphone
  • Tool Kit
  • Gloves
  • Blankets
  • Non-perishable foods such as nuts and crackers

I would also like to add to this list extra change of clothes for each family member, extra diapers (if you have an infant/toddler traveling with you), spare change (to use a pay phone), things to keep your children occupied and emergency contact numbers.

You should also keep water on hand but keep in mind it’s not a good idea for plastic water bottles to sit in a hot car. I would suggest investing in some BPA-Free water bottles and fill them up prior to your trip and make sure to fill them up throughout your trip so that you are never left low on water.

I might also be a good idea to let a family member know what route you are taking in the event you don’t make it to your destination. That way the Police can retrace your steps and hopefully locate you.

These are just some safety tips to consider before heading off on your summer road trip/trips. State Farm has plenty of more great tips and suggestions on what should be in your emergency road kit. You can find them all on their webpage Summer Driving Tips.

State Farm also created this informative infographic.

State Farm Summer Travel Tips

I especially like the tips for when traveling with children and pets. Parents sometimes forget that children need to get out of the car and stretch their legs a bit from time to time.

For more great tips including teen drivers, safety, finance and more visit LearningCenter.StateFarm.com. For more information about State Farm visit www.StateFarm.com. The links to all of their social media sites can be found on the main State Farm page.

State Farm has generously offered to give a lucky reader a Trunk Safety Makeover Kit to help you get started on your summer traveling. The kit has a retail value of approx. $50.00. Thank you State Farm.

The kit contains;

  • State Farm 2014 Midsize Road Atlas
  • Roadside Emergency Kit
  • First Aid Kit
  • Shoulder Tote
  • Mini LED Flashlight
  • 21 oz. Sportster Mug

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on July 19, 2014 at 11:59 PM (EST). The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via e-mail and will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

To enter please comment on this post and share your best summer traveling tip OR why you would like to win this prize package?

For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the initial entry requirement or the additional entries wont’ qualify (I do check). Extra entries are optional.

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*I have partnered with State Farm to give you this information. I received a free trunk makeover kit in exchange for my participation. 

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About Kimberly

Kimberly Vetrano resides in the suburbs of New York City with her family, five cats, dog, a tank full of fish and snails. She is also a freelance writer and photographer.


  1. Maralea says:

    These are all such great tips especially the ones when you are traveling with kids. Great giveaway! I could definitely use a trunk makover.

  2. Margaret Smith says:

    I’d like to win this prize because I don’t have a emergency kit in my car and really should.
    I like the tip of packing a cooler with healthy snacks and drinks.

  3. Ann Fantom says:

    My family travel tip is to pack plenty of snacks so you don’t need to buy them while on the go to save time and money.

  4. danielle Marie says:

    i would love to win because i am dumb and dont have an emergency kit in my car. i do have lots of wate though, just in case

  5. Make sure to check all fluids, tire levels, etc. before taking off on any trip.

  6. Janet W. says:

    I would love to win this prize package because I often travel with my two grandsons. I don’t have an emergency kit like this and would like to be prepared in case anything happened.

  7. Kim Henrichs says:

    My summer safety tip is to check your tire pressure in the heat! I would love to win this because I have a long commute by myself, and i’m always nervous I’ve forgotten something important in case of roadside emergency.

  8. Erika C. says:

    I’m a huge fan of State Farm, I have my auto insurance with them and also my home’s flood insurance. They are an awesome company .

  9. Amy Pratt says:

    Always make sure you carry water in the west desert of Utah where we go to rock hound.

  10. Tari Lawson says:

    I always make sure we have snacks and drinks with us when we travel as you never know when or if you will be able to stop.

  11. Debra Hall says:

    No phone or text is that important that it cant wait till you pull over

  12. Stephanie Phelps says:

    My summer travel tip is traveling with kids make sure you have lots for them to do and carry a cell phone in case of an emergency!

  13. Cynthia R says:

    I would like to win this road kit because we could use an extra safety first aid kit in our other vehicle.

  14. Katie Amanda says:

    I’d like to win this because I do a lot of driving and don’t have any emergency things in my car.

  15. I would love to win or my sister. She has 5 young children and one is a special need health patient. This little girl is three and my sister has to drive quite a ways to see specialist to care for her daughter. She needs to bring the others with her at times and this would be a great item for them when traveling.

  16. Denise S says:

    I want to win this package because I could always use help making our trips easier.

  17. Dorothy Teel says:

    I like when having to go long distances or several days in the car, get each child a small surprise gift to be given after so many miles or if they have been extra good and quiet, make it a surprise package of something they can use on the trip, a lot of fun and children get very excited. Worked well for us.

  18. I make sure to get a tune up before going on a road trip and make sure to have all my emergency help numbers like AAA and to keep a cell phone fully charged. I’d love to win this prize because I think it would come in handy especially while traveling late at night

  19. The tire pressure tip and the snacks are probably the best for me to put on the check list.

  20. I would like to win this for my daughter. She will be going away to college soon and we definitely need to make sure she has a road safety kit.