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Being prepared for emergencies ensures a good trip.

Between car manufacturer roadside assistance plans, AAA, cell phones, and apps that can deliver a tuna sandwich in a desert canyon, we’ve become a culture with a false sense of security; we tend to think we’re always safe behind the wheel, and if we run into trouble, there will be someone nearby to rescue us.

We forget that sometimes that someone will be us.

So being prepared, being smart and thinking ahead are still key to not only being safe when an emergency occurs, but also to having a stress-free trip; you know if something happens, you’re prepared.

What does it take to be truly safe when you road trip with your family? SheBuysCars and State Farm teamed up this summer to ask this question, to look at safety options and opportunities when traveling by car, and how being prepared not only makes a family safer on the road, but ultimately makes for a happier trip.

We brought together five TravelingMoms to test out their own theories on road trip safety. Leticia Barr, TechSavvyMama, found being prepared before leaving home was the key to a successful trip. She not only prepared her car with safety items and her kids with games and snacks, but she also prepped her phone with apps she would need along the way. Her story is here.

Knowing when and where gas opportunities are is a road trip stress-reducer; Top photo: being prepared for emergencies ensures a good trip. Bottom: teaching teen drivers safety is key to their success, too

Knowing when and where gas opportunities are is a road trip stress-reducer.

Barb Likos takes being prepared to an art form: It is her way of ensuring that when she gets to her destination her experience is nothing but net. On a multi-family camping trip (well, sort of camping: lots of time outdoors, at least) she took time to prepare so she could breathe the fresh clean air of Colorado rather than the harsh, charging air of panic.

As Barb did, so did Mary Heston: prep well before hand to be ready for anything (mountain climbing?) so any stress she encountered was more likely from the family reunion she attended than travel glitches along the way. (Be sure to watch her video for a family reunion ice breaker!)

Cindy Richards, TravelingMom of Teens, was a fish out of water—or a city girl in the country—on her summer trek from Chicago to South Dakota; even knowing this, preparation was a challenge. But knowing what you might encounter is half the battle, so as her family discovered the rough and tumble beauty of the Badlands (what, no wifi?) that included miles and miles between food and gas stops, she was able to guide her crew through.

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Teaching teen drivers safety is key to their success, too.

Carissa Rogers found an entirely new adventure on the road this summer: the teenage driver. Her recently driving-permitted daughter contributed to family driving, but also got a good going-through of not just driving drills and strategies, but also safety prep as well.

Our take on safety on the road? IN addition to all this great advice, we love all the new safety features in cars these days, from old-school tire changing equipment to cutting edge features like lane departure warnings and blind spot detectors. We find that these features aren’t jus a safety net, but they help us to be better, more aware drivers, too. You can see a few of them in the Mercedes-Benz GL350 BlueTEC, which we recently had the opportunity to test drive.

Share your safety tips with us below, and stay safe on the road!

Disclosure: State Farm sponsored this program and provided emergency road trip kits to the TravelingMoms quoted here. Opinions and ideas are all their own.