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Safe Travels: 3 Ways to Protect Your Car Away from Home

If you have decided to take a road trip soon for business or pleasure, you may be eager to set off and experience all that your journey has in store for you. However, you may also be aware that there are inherent dangers and risks associated with spending a considerable amount of time behind wheel and venturing far from home in the process. There are some excellent steps that you can take to reduce your exposure to risks.

Service Your Car

A road trip will usually take you through very congested urban areas as well as through remote, rural areas. The last thing you want is to have a breakdown in either of these two environments. To reduce the chance of having to deal with a breakdown in an undesirable location, schedule service for your car before you leave on your trip. This service may include a tune-up, an oil change and other necessary services to keep your car running smoothly and efficiently. If your mechanic has any maintenance suggestions, focus on the important of the matter to determine if the work should be done before you leave on your trip.

Get Replacement Keys Made

Another possible issue that you may have to contend with when you are on a road trip is lost or stolen keys. Some people may even lock their keys in their own car. Buying a set of replacement keys from the lock shop before you leave is a smart idea. More than that, give your new spare key to someone else who you will be traveling with, or keep it in a convenient location, such as in your wallet.

Update Your Insurance Coverage

While many accidents happen closer to home, they can also happen in any location across your state or beyond. Liability auto insurance is required by law in most states, but you also need collision or comprehensive insurance to pay for your own accident-related expenses. Remember that towing coverage, personal injury coverage and other optional types of insurance can also be helpful in some situations. Updating your coverage before you venture out is a great way to reduce the cost of a serious auto issue that you may experience on your trip.

As incredible as a fun-filled road trip may be, remember that accidents and mishaps can happen at any time. If you are looking for a way to improve your protection and security away from home, follow these tips. By doing, you can rest easy knowing that your risks are mitigated.

Tim Esterdahl

Tim Esterdahl is the editor of IFCS blog. He is a married father of three and enjoys golf in his spare time.

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