Before you pack up the car and head out on the road, here are 7 safety tips to take in prepping for your spring break trip:
Do preventative maintenance on your car such as checking fluid levels, tire pressure, and wiper blades. Also, include safety items in your car like a car battery charger, emergency kit, phone charger, and extra supplies (water, snacks, blankets).
If you're going to rent a car, know what your personal auto insurance covers to understand if it's to your advantage to purchase rental car insurance. Also, use a credit card to cover the rental cost because some credit card companies have additional rental car coverage built into those accounts.
Contact your bank and credit card companies before you leave to let them know of your travel plans. That will prevent you from getting a hold placed on your accounts due to unusual activity, and allows you to set up alerts for suspicious transaction attempts.
Check the local news for locations you'll be traveling through to be aware of any alerts (weather, health, etc.) that could impact your safety and travel plans.
To prevent burglaries while you're gone: avoid posting your plans on social media; have your local law enforcement do safety checks on your house and have neighbors pick up your mail; and put inside lights on timers.
Let a trusted friend or family member know the exact routes you plan to travel and share your location on your phone with them.
Last, have your insurance information handy in paper form, especially if you're crossing state/country lines. Authorities will likely not have electronic access to information in your home state.