Family Travel Safety

Having fun on the road isn't just about the right radio station or car games for the kids. Ensuring your personal safety -- and the safety of your loved ones -- should be your first priority. The American Automobile Association offers these tips for a safe and pleasurable journey.

Before you go:
Get your tires, cooling system and oil inspected.

Keep kids happy and distracted -- so they won't be distracting you at the wheel -- with snacks, toys, games, pillows and a blanket.

Plan your route ahead of time and stay on main roads and highways.

On the road: Keep seat belts on and doors locked at all times.

Keep valuables out of plain view. Pack road maps away when not in use.

Don't stop to help someone with car trouble yourself. Call police instead.

Don't stop for fender benders. If your car is bumped from behind, go to a gas station or rest stop to call for help.

Adapted from Auto Travel Safety Tips, courtesy of the American Automobile Association.When you're traveling, it's important to be prepared. Whether your children get bug bites or something more serious, you can take care of them with a make-at-home travel first aid kit.

A tackle box or art-supply box works well for storing supplies. These boxes are lightweight, have handles for easy carrying and generally include trays or swing-out sections for storing small items.

Items for your first aid kit:

- First aid manual, including basic CPR instruction
- Stretch bandage
- Adhesive bandages
- Sterile gauze
- Adhesive tape

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