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USA Visitors: Summer Driving Tips

Jul 30, 2008
Foreign visitors whether heading out on a weekend US road trip or planning a long family vacation on the road you must take some precautions to have a great experience. Your vacation can be ruined if you encounter trouble while driving. Before you start off on your trip, check out these travel tips.

1. Check your tires and tire pressure often. An average US tire loses about a pound of air pressure each month. Proper tire inflation is absolutely essential to maintain proper contact between the tire and the road and to avoid blowouts. Most cars have information in the driver door jamb that lists the correct tire pressures depending on tire size and vehicle load. Properly inflated tires will also improve fuel economy and save you frequent trips to the gas station. Make sure your spare tire is also ready to use.

2. Follow the recommended schedule for an oil change. Different types of oils are suggested for different weather conditions. Thicker oil may be more suitable during summer months. The coolant/antifreeze ratio must be 50/50.

3. If needed top off all the fluids and examine the belts and hoses for cracks and wear. If your battery is between 3-5 years old get it tested. It can be strained in hot weather and it is safer to replace it than be stranded in the middle of nowhere.

4. Auto Club membership can help you in an emergency. Carry the card on your trip so you have access to them when needed. Your car may also be covered under a manufacturer's plan during roadside emergencies.

5. Always have an emergency kit in your truck. The kit can contain basic tools, food, water, jumper cables, first aid kit and a flashlight. Auto stores sell fully assembled kits.

6. A small cooler packed with food and drinks can be very handy especially if you are travelling with kids. Keep it stocked and replenish it at gas stations along the way. Avoid salty snacks and sodas, they can dehydrate you.

7. Do not drive if you are sleepy or tired. Take frequent rest stops to stretch and refresh yourself. Always wear your seat belt and strap children in approved car seats.

Make sure your medical insurance travels with you. Have a great summer!
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Suchi V is an expert on visitor medical insurance. Get quotes, read our FAQs, and learn more about insurance for travel to USA on our website.
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