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family in a carThe summer’s here and it’s time to hit the road. Before you go, planning ahead can save you time and money. Getting your car prepared is the first step to a great road trip.

Not only can maintenance improve your finances, it can also protect your insurance risks. A safely functioning car helps reduce the risk that you will have an accident. This will help you be a safer driver, and make you a better insurance holder.

Here’s what you need to know:

Check your tires

Now is the time to check the tread on your tires to make sure they are in good condition. Make sure you replace any tires that need it.

It may also be time to rotate your tires. You should do that every six months to maintain a proper balance. You should also make sure your spare tire is properly inflated with no issues.

Check your fluids

Checking your fluids can save you a headache. You should have a fresh oil change, and make sure your coolant levels are right. Also check the water system for any contamination.

As always, never forget the most important fluid, the gas. Check your tank for leaks, but also don't forget to fill up before every trip.

Windshield wipers

You must have good, working windshield wipers. This is especially key if you are going to be traveling long distances. You don’t want to get caught in a storm and not be able to see where you are going. That’s a recipe for disaster. Improperly functioning wipers could also damage the windshield.

You should also make sure your windshield wiper fluid is full, and the reservoir is working. You may have to get those pesky bugs off the windshield if driving long distances.

Roadside kit

If traveling long distances, have a road kit with a flashlight, batteries, flares, a blanket, snacks, water, jumper cables and more. You never know what may happen on the road. This can help protect you in the time of need.


Review your auto insurance policy should be to make sure you are fully covered. Car insurance is not an option, it’s a requirement in every state. Also make sure your driver’s license is still active.

Follow these tips before getting on the road and you’ll be ready to ride free from worries!

We've got you covered. If you need auto insurance, call McInnis Insurance Services, Inc. at (844) 926-0860. We can help you get a policy that is both comprehensive and affordable.
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