Consumer Watch: Driving tips

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by Andy Treinen

WHAS11.com

Posted on June 7, 2013 at 5:09 PM

Updated Friday, Jun 7 at 5:21 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- If a road trip is on your summer agenda, you'll want to make sure your car and family are ready for the adventure. Budgeting a little time before you head out could make for a much more pleasant journey. Good Morning Kentuckiana’s Andy Treinen has today’s Consumer Watch.

Whether you're headed to the beach, the mountains or to a getaway in the city, the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration wants to make sure your summer road trip is a safe one. Taking a few minutes before you set out could prevent a dangerous and costly mishap along the way.

Give your car a pre-trip checkup. Inspect your tires, wiper blades, fluid levels, cooling system, lights and air conditioning.

You may need to make a trip to the mechanic -- but better now than during your journey.

Keep those precious passengers safe!

A long trip is a perfect chance to make sure car and booster seats are properly installed and still fit your child.

Remember all children 13 and under should ride in the back seat. An emergency roadside kit is a road trip essential along with supplies to hand minor car emergencies. Be sure to include a flashlight, first aid kit, nonperishable food, drinking water and any medications you might need during your trip.

And don't forget a good old fashioned map. Don't rely on your GPS to always work because when you need it most, it might not.

Be prepared and hopefully the only nuisance you'll have to worry about is the kids saying: Are we there yet?

 

If you have a consumer issue you'd like us to look into, send an email to consumerwatch@whas11.com.

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