Hitting the road this summer? Be prepared

With gas prices expected to remain relatively low and the current average price of unleaded gasoline at $2.37 per gallon,¹ you can expect another busy summer driving season. With this rise in traffic comes an increase in calls for roadside assistance. Insurance companies are busy preparing for a high number of roadside assistance dispatches for common vacation mishaps, such as a flat tire, dead car battery or keys locked inside the car. The most common calls for roadside assistance from our clients are: towing (54%), jump starts (23%) and flat tires (15%).²

Nationwide Private Client Risk Solutions recommends the following tips to be safe on the road.

Prepare for your road trip

  • Take your vehicle to be inspected by a qualified mechanic several days before you depart.
  • Make sure your vehicle is in good working order for your trip, including but not limited to tires, battery, belts, fluids and air conditioner.
  • Ensure child car seats are properly installed and are size-appropriate.
  • Get a good night’s sleep. Drive only when well rested, and make sure to stop every two hours or 200 miles to stay sharp. Pack an emergency kit, and include:
    • :Water
    • Warm blankets
    • Flashlight
    • Jumper cables
    • Flares or reflectors
    • Tools to change a tire
    • First-aid kit
    • Fully charged cellular phone

Stay safe during a roadside emergency

  • Take action immediately. Pull onto the shoulder and out of traffic as far as possible considering the conditions.
  • Warn others you are having trouble. Use your hazard and warning flashers immediately. Raise the vehicle hood, if safe to do so, to alert passing authorities that the vehicle is disabled and help is needed.
  • Wait for professional help to arrive. Don’t attempt to fix your vehicle unless you have training to do so. In 2016, the wait time for roadside assistance arrival was an average of 30 minutes or less.
  • Don’t exit your car until it’s safe. Don’t exit the vehicle unless it is necessary and safe to do so — especially if you are on a busy road or highway. Don’t stand next to or behind the vehicle. Too often people survive car accidents only to be injured from a secondary accident because they have gotten out of their vehicle.

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