•· If the person you gave information about your trip to is not the person at your final destination, make sure to call or text them to let them know you have arrived safely.

•· Before leaving the car, check the backseat. Children should never be left in the car alone, for any reason. Once the heat is off, winter weather conditions can turn the car quickly into an icebox, and little bodies are extremely susceptible to hypothermia. Even though you may have a million things on your mind, and several people vying for your attention, make sure to check the backseat.

•· Don’t leave any luggage, bags, or other items in the car in plain sight. If you have to leave some of your belongings in the car, try to cover them up and conceal them as much as possible. Make sure that anyone looking into your windows doesn’t see anything valuable. That includes GPS devices, DVD players, phones, any other electronics, and charging cords (which may indicate the presence of their more valuable digital counterparts). And, of course, always make sure to lock your car at all times, even in driveways or garages.

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•· Do a quick inspection of your car to make sure everything appears to be working normally. Check the air pressure in your tires and look for foreign objects, such as nails, that may be lodged in the rubber. Ensure that no engine or maintenance lights are on, and that the car looks and sounds normal.

That officially wraps up our Winter Road Trip Safety series. We hope you’ve found this guide helpful for keeping you and your family safe while traveling.

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