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Mark DannehlIs there a summer road trip in your future? Follow the Boy Scout motto of "Be Prepared" and you may save yourself some potential frustration.

Do some car prep

Before hitting the road, make sure your car is in good working order. 

  • Make sure the oil and filter have been changed recently.
  • Evaluate your tires for pressure as well as wear and tear. If they're on their last legs, have them replaced and aligned.
  • Be sure your windshield wiper blades are in good shape and that your wiper fluid tank is full.
  • Find out how old your car battery is and replace it if it's near the end of its life span. Normal battery life is three to five years.
  • Inspect the belts and hoses in your car. If you see any cracks or wear, get them replaced.

Have an emergency kit

You should always have a basic emergency kit in your car. Supplies should include first aid, jumper cables, basic tools, and snacks and drinks. A good list can be found at

Have a cell phone

Even if you don’t use a cell phone regularly, an inexpensive pre-paid phone that you keep in the car could make a big differnce in an emergency situation. Keep a car charger handy for your phone.

You should also make sure your auto insurance is paid up and has the appropriate coverages. If you have an auto policy with Member Benefits and would like to review your coverage, give us a call at 1-800-279-4010. Or you can learn more about auto coverages here.

Drive safely and enjoy your summer!

Certain policy exclusions and limitations may apply. The terms and conditions of your coverage are exclusively controlled by your written policy. Please refer to your policy for details. Underwritten by WEA Property & Casualty Insurance Company.

Mark Dannehl, Personal Insurance Consultant