2020 August Newsletter

Summer Driving Tips

You’re going to need to pack more than beach supplies for that summer road trip.

During the hot summer months, it is important to remember to make sure vehicles are properly maintained and equipped with roadside emergency supplies to help keep families safe. Before logging all those miles:

Beat the heat

Inspect the radiator, pressure cap, belts, and hoses to make sure they are in good shape with no signs of blisters, cracks, or cuts in the rubber. You may also want to check out these other tips to protect your car from sun damage.

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.

Road trip check up

Before any longer trip, any time of year, remember to give your vehicle a check-up and make fixes yourself:

  • 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 fluids, brake lights, turn signals, emergency flashers and interior lights

Pack an emergency kit

Move the beach gear over for the roadside emergency kit. Even if you’ve prepared your vehicle for summer travel, it never hurts to have a “just in case” kit in your trunk. Your emergency kit should include:

  • Jumper cables in case you or someone else needs a jump start
  • Flashlight
  • Emergency flat tire repair and/or spare tire
  • Gloves, blankets and towels
  • Hazard triangle, road flares, brightly colored distress sign, or “Help” or “Call Police” flag
  • Screwdrivers and wrenches
  • First aid kit
  • Cell phone and charger
  • Water for both the car radiator and your family
  • High-calorie, non-perishable food

Traveling with kids

  • Always use proper safety restraints for all occupants
  • Use the long drive as teaching moments about safe driving
  • Pack a cooler with healthy snacks and water, fruit, nuts and granola
  • Stop every few hours to let the kids stretch their legs
  • Adults should take the time to exit the vehicle and stretch too. If you become drowsy, don’t hesitate to pull over to a safe location and rest until you feel able to continue your drive
  • Use electronic devices to help keep away the boredom on the long drives, as long as its not distracting to the driver

Make sure to check and stock trunk supplies twice a year. Also, remember to never leave on a road trip with your vehicle’s “check engine light” or “malfunction indicator light” lit up. If you take these precautions, you and your vehicle might be happier on the roads this summer. And don’t forget to have fun!

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Featured Recipe
Cheesy Chicken Totchos


2 (1-lb.) bags frozen tater tots
1 c. shredded rotisserie chicken
1 c. black beans
1 c. frozen corn, thawed
3/4 c. cherry tomatoes, quartered
1/2 pack McCormick taco seasoning
1 1/2 c. shredded Mexican cheese blend
1/2 c. sour cream
1/2 c. guacamole
Freshly chopped cilantro, for garnish


1. Preheat oven to 450°. Arrange tater tots in a 9”-x-13” baking dish. Bake until golden and crispy, gently tossing a few times, about 30 minutes.
2. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, toss chicken, black beans, corn, and cherry tomatoes with taco seasoning. Top tater tots with chicken mixture. Sprinkle with cheese.
3. Bake until warmed through and cheese is melty, about 5 minutes.
Top with dollops of sour cream and guacamole and sprinkle with cilantro before serving.
Receipe credit: delish.com.