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by admin, October 2, 2018, Tips

Road Trip Safety 101

You might say it’s only October, but it’s a great time to start thinking about the over-the-river-and-through-the-woods trips to relatives’ houses for Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and New Year’s Eve.

A few precautionary actions will ensure that these trips are safe and deliver on the fun.

  • Schedule a safety checkup.

It’s a good time to make an appointment with your trusted repair shop. A quick check can give you peace of mind that your vehicle is running at its best and will decrease the chances of a breakdown on our trip. Ask your mechanic to check your battery, hoses and filters, belts, fluids, tires, wiper blades, headlights and brake lights. It’s also a good idea to find out if there are any open vehicle recalls and have those addressed while your vehicle is in the shop. Finally, make sure that your spare tire is in good shape and ready to be called into action if the need arises.

  • Plot your path.

Families traveling with kids will likely have to make more stops along the way. If you fall in this camp, it’s best to plan out where you’ll be stopping, especially if you’ll need lodging arrangements. Be sure to pack your GPS system, have a full-charged cell phone for Google Maps or Map Quest searches or go old school and stow your maps in the car.

  • Pack for safety and sustenance.

Load your car with first aid and emergency car kits that cover basic health issues and vehicle breakdowns. You never know when a band-aid, antibiotic ointment, pain reliever, ice pack or other health item will come in handy. The prepared traveler also has a tire iron, jumper cables, backup fluids, kitty litter, a snow shovel and blankets in the car. You may also want to pack several days worth of water and nutrient-dense snacks in case of emergency.

  • Get plenty of rest before you leave.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration notes about 100,000 crashes each year are caused because of drowsy driving. Don’t become a statistic.

  • Share your travel plans.

With increased risk of snow and ice at this time of year in particular, it’s best to let someone know the routes you’ll be taking and your anticipated arrival time. This way they can narrow the search area if you don’t arrive and they need to have someone looking for you.

The Blue Ribbon Auto Body family wishes your family safe travels.

If, however, you find yourself in need of auto collision repair services, we stand ready to treat you just like a member of our own family.  Know that our family-owned auto collision repair shop does our best to work with local vendors and choose products that are environmentally safe because we’re here for you!

Loveland, CO

401 S. Lincoln Ave.
Loveland, CO 80537

Phone: 970.663.6378
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Hours: Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm

Fort Collins, CO

4221 S. Mason Street
Fort Collins, CO 80525

Phone: 970.305.8628
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Greeley, CO

2908 W. 10th Street
Greeley, CO 80634

Phone: 970.800.4563
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Hours: Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm