Heading out on a road trip this winter? In partnership with State Farm®, I’m sharing road safety tips and information about their free Assist Patrol Program to make sure you don’t get stranded on the road. All opinions are my own. #AssistPatrol
I was thirteen years old and we were taking a family road trip to New Hampshire to visit my cousins. I remember being very excited about this trip because it was the first time I brought a friend along. My brother and sister sat in the middle row of the van, while my friend and I lounged in the back row with our headphones on. We listened to Pearl Jam’s album, Ten, over and over again. To this day, if I hear a song off of this album, especially Jeremy, it brings back memories from this trip.
Mid-way into our trip, we hit a bad winter storm. Cars were inching along the highway and my dad kept saying that it was getting harder and harder to see. Being a teen, I didn’t realize the severity of the situation. I was in my own world listening to music, gossiping with my friend, and filling out slam books (remember those?).
It wasn’t until I peered out the side window and saw cars pulled over with their hazard lights on, some even in ditches, that I realized how bad it was. Being the kind-hearted man that my dad was (and still is), he pulled over, told my mom to stay in the car with the kids, and jumped out to help. We all watched through the back window of the van, my Dad and several men pushing cars to safety and helping people out of ditches.
The visibility was getting worse and after what seemed like forever, my dad got back into the car and tried to start the car. Tires spun but we went nowhere. We were stuck. He said that we had to sit and wait it out and that hopefully a patrol unit would be by to help us out.
Back then, we didn’t have cell phones and couldn’t call anyone to help. So we waited until help arrived.
As winter is approaching (and in some areas snow has already fallen) it’s important to make sure your vehicle is prepared for any type of situation. The holiday season is a busy time for traveling and things can go wrong, especially on the road. State Farm and state transportation agencies, including the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission, are teaming up to promote highway safety through the Assist Patrol Program.
Each fleet of State Farm sponsored vehicles patrols the highway looking for accidents, dangerous debris, and stranded motorists to provide assistance and help drivers get safely on their way.
I wanted to share this information, because it’s such a great service to know about especially when you are traveling in unfamiliar areas.
Here are a few safety quick tips before heading out on the road:
Hydrate Your Vehicle
Check fluid levels: brake, automatic transmission, power steering, windshield washer and coolant. Make sure each reservoir is full and if you see any sign of fluid leakage, take your vehicle in to be serviced.
Give Your Vehicle a Check-up:
- Check the air pressure in all tires, including the spare
- Make sure the wiper blades are functioning properly
- Check battery life and inspect batteries and battery cables
- Inspect brake pads and linings for wear; change the oil and filter according to manufacturer’s service interval specifications
- Test the headlights, brake lights, turn signals, emergency flashers and interior lights
Prepare an Emergency Roadside Kit:
- Jumper Cables
- Emergency flat tire repair
- Hazard triangle, road flares, brightly colored distress sign, or “Help” or “Call Police” flag
- Screwdrivers and wrenches
- First aid kit
- Cell phone and charger
I highly recommend you check out the State Farm Assist Patrol website to learn more about their FREE services before you head out on the road.
Stay safe on the road!
This is a sponsored post on behalf of State Farm. All opinions are my own. Please read my disclosure policy