Prepare for Back to School

      You have likely driven in a variety of circumstances in your years of driving. You probably have driven in downpours, high winds, and even blizzard like conditions. You may have driven on roads that were slippery, gotten misdirected by detours, and ran out of gas a time or two. The benefit of all of these is that hopefully you have learned from them. We know better, what it takes to get through or even avoid these situations. Our teen drivers, however, have no such experience. It may take years for them to experience unexpected issues on the road. But you can put your own expertise to good use by making sure teens have specific items in their cars.

Let's take for example a situation where due to a flat tire or other mechanical issue, your teen needs to pull off of a busy highway or freeway onto the berm. This can be pretty scary, especially when cars are buzzing by at 65 miles per hour, just feet away. This is where some sort signal device can be very handy. By giving fellow travelers enough time with reflective signs, cones, flares or LED lights to notice the disabled vehicle they can better give enough leeway for safe passage. This is particularly true at night when visibility is limited. Even if they have a cell phone and road service those 30 minutes or more waiting for assistance can be worrisome. Make sure their car has some sort of signal device and make sure they understand how to safely use it to warn traffic.

One of the very basic things every teen should have in their car is a flashlight. It can be used to signal for help, it can be used to help them inspect a problem at night, or even to make themselves more visible should it be necessary to leave the vehicle. Keep in mind, you should advise your teen that it is usually considered best practice to stay with a disabled vehicle however.

A first aid kit can come in handy in your teen's vehicle. It doesn't have to be anything dramatic or extensive, but many times we are on the road and could use a bandage, gauze, scissors, cloth tape, aspirin and tweezers. Including some insect repellent and sunscreen can also be a good idea. If you want to be be extra safe, include a couple of bottles of water or even an energy bar or two.

Of course, along with these items you'll want to make sure you have your car insurance card, emergency telephone numbers and always have a charged cell phone. We have any easy way to prepare your teen for the road with our complete list of items they should have in their car to be safer. We encourage you to view the list and perhaps, if you choose, order our complete kit. When your teen is on the road it can be stressful. Reduce that stress by making sure they are prepared.

You have likely driven in a variety of circumstances in your years of driving. You probably have driven in downpours, high winds, and even blizzard like conditions. You may have driven on roads that were slippery, gotten misdirected by detours, and ran out of gas a time or two. The benefit of all of these is that hopefully you have learned from them. We know better, what it takes to get through or even avoid these situations. Our teen drivers, however, have no such experience. It may

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