- Whether your trip is 50 or 500 miles, take time to check, change or top-off your oil, coolant, brake and transmission fluids. This helps important car systems to perform well.
- If your windshield wipers are not working well or are more than six months old, it's a good idea to replace them. Bad windshield wipers make driving in the rain on unfamiliar roads more dangerous.
- Have your tires checked and consider having them rotated. Err on the side of caution by replacing any tires that look suspect, as tire blow-outs can be dangerous. Replacing a flat tire while on your trip can also deflate an enjoyable family getaway.
- Check your headlights and taillights to make sure all are working. New bulbs are easy to install, inexpensive, improve visibility and safety. Importantly, in most states you can also receive a traffic violation for a non-working vehicle exterior light.
- Perhaps the most simple and often forgotten pre-road trip tip is to clean your windows on the inside and out to increase visibility. During the holidays, many are traveling on unfamiliar roads and often in the dark, so having good visibility is important.
For year-round maintenance, tools like MyHanoverGarage, a free service to The Hanover's Platinum Experience customers, help consumers manage their vehicle health much like those that track personal health. This virtual tool helps diagnose car problems, locate mechanics, provide automate recall notices, and even specific repair cost estimates for vehicles by factoring the make, model, year and geographic market.
"Taking time in advance of a trip to ensure your vehicle is operating safely is well worth the effort. We hope tools like our service reminders combined with these pre-road trip tips will help to improve the safety of travelers on the road," said Richard W. Lavey, president, personal lines at The Hanover. "We wish everyone safe travels and an enjoyable holiday season."