I took a road trip this weekend. My dad reminded me I needed a working jack, full size spare tire, oil change, and maybe even a tune up. The reminder was nearly enough to cancel the trip. Had the trip been any less purposeful I would have gone straight to the dealership. My oil change was near the three month mark, 3,000th mile, and I didn’t have the easy hydraulic jack. I have the key-it-and spin to use jack. I insisted that what I had would do fine in the event of an emergency. Plus I have roadside assistance. I was traveling with a friend and a baby. My traveling grace saw us through safely. With my defensive driving antennae in the air I was watchful of our driving conditions, weather, the condition of the vehicle, and passenger atmosphere. As we passed cars stalled alongside the road I was so pleased that we were moving in true traveling style. Operating a vehicle is a privilege that should be taken seriously. I was proud to have earned the responsibility of a three hour drive on my own, without my parents. I was aware of the deer playing along the side of the highway. I was very fortunate to carry along my DefensiveDriving.com strategies. We were so much better able to enjoy the trip. My preparedness translated into something so much more meaningful than I could for see. If you already have the responsibility of operating a vehicle go to www.DefensiveDriving.com to the difference in your driving today!