Safe&Sound: Driving EssentialsMon Apr 24, 2017
From standstill traffic on I-95 to a leisurely trip along Skyline Drive, navigating Virginia roadways brings its share of both challenges and fun. Hopefully to avoid roadside troubles either way, but we all know things happen and your safety is key. Our auto insurance pros have seen it all through the 1000s of claims we process every year. From this experience, here's our insider's list of essential things Northern Neck Insurance folks do to prevent common problems on the road:
Lori: A charged phone
" I keep it plugged in when I'm driving. It's also a great flashlight in a pinch. There's a free app if your phone doesn't have one built in."
Dawn: Good tire pressure and Ezpass
" I check my tires all the time. Especially during times of temperature fluctuations with changing seasons. I also love having VA E-ZPass for tolls. It's fast, safe and saves money."
Denise: Up-to-date maintenance
" I keep up to date on things and never put off that check engine light."
Lisa: A full tank of gas
" I never go below ½ tank. The hubs or I will gas up my vehicle on Sunday before the work week or get gas during my lunch break so that I don’t have to stop with my child in the car."
Pattie: A travel buddy
" Me and my friends make sure someone always knows where we’re going, when we leave and when we arrive safely. There are also locator apps, like Life360, that allow family and friends to keep track of your location and safe arrival. Some even have crash detection and emergency response features!"
Nancy: Reliable GPS
" Find your favorite navigator and don’t deviate from it, especially when you’re driving in unfamiliar areas. I like Waze. It also helps me avoid traffic back-ups."
You can’t always avoid mechanical issues or other circumstances, so have an emergency car kit handy. We recommend a kit stocked with a blanket, bottled water, protein bars, flashlight, extra phone charger, sneakers, window breaker, tire pressure gauge, emergency flares, jumper cables,a first aid kit and pepper spray.
And the smartest thing of all? Be well aware of your surroundings at all times. We hope our driving essentials help you thwart roadside trouble and keep you safe and sound too!