Consumer Watch: Fourth of July travel tips

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by WHAS11

WHAS11.com

Posted on July 3, 2012 at 4:34 PM

(WHAS11) -- With gas prices taking a dip, more Americans plan to travel for the Fourth of July holiday. Hot weather and crowded roadways can be among summer's driving challenges.

Gas prices have been on the way down, and that means travel is on the way up for the Fourth of July. AAA's forecasts point to more than 42 million Americans hitting the road this week. With more company on the highways, preparation is key, especially with kids on board. 

“When hitting the road with your family, you want to make sure you pack the essentials, so that means food, snacks, cell phone charger in case you get stranded. And of course entertainment for the kids, to keep them busy and occupied so you can avoid that, 'are we there yet?'"said Nancy White, AAA spokesperson.
 
A trip to the mechanic for a pre-trip summer tune-up could save money on emergency roadside repairs. Tires, especially, can be a problem in hot temperatures. You can avoid a potentially dangerous mix of speed and hot pavement, by keeping them properly inflated.

"If the tire is under inflated, it's not sufficient to carry the weight of that vehicle and when you start going highway speeds [of] 55, 60, 65 miles an hour, that's a lot of heat that can cause a lot of damage that can lead to a failure very quickly,” said Dan Zielinski from the rubber manufacturers association.
 
A modern day emergency kit should include a charged cell phone. If it's a smartphone, load up location-based apps that can find help no matter where you are.
 
If you have a consumer issue you’d like WHAS11 to look into send an e-mail to consumerwatch@whas11.com.
 

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