Many people in North Carolina will be driving long distances over the holidays to visit friends and family. While road trips can be fun, you want to make sure you and your passengers remain secure during the jaunt. In this case, AAA offers the following tips.

Plan ahead

Plan out the route you intend to take before your trip. If you’ll be driving on busy highways, map out some alternate routes. Also, take a moment to look at the weather report. Driving during inclement weather can be hazardous, so you may want to postpone your trip if this is the case. Make sure the people at your destination are aware of your arrival time. That way they can call for help in the event you don’t arrive when you’re supposed to.

Have your vehicle inspected

Before setting out, have your vehicle inspected. If there are any issues, have them repaired before you make your journey. Also, make sure your fluids are topped off, tires are inflated to the proper pressure, and that your windshield wipers are functional. Proper maintenance of a vehicle is key to preventing breakdowns, especially if you plan on driving many miles during one journey.

Be prepared for an emergency

In the event of a breakdown, you want to be properly prepared. This entails having a phone and an extra charger, so you can call for help. You also want to keep the number of a roadside assistance handy. In case you have to wait for help to arrive, make sure your vehicle is stocked with warm clothing, blankets, drinking water, and non-perishable snacks.