Spring Break Road Trip Checklist


Spring break is getting closer and for many people, that means road trip! Road trips used to be a lot more DIY than they are now (remember paper maps!?) — Our cell phones have changed that. These days, the connected car is making driving, including long road trips, much easier and enjoyable but it’s still a luxury that many don’t have. Metromile, however, is on a mission to empower drivers by creating a more connected and informed driving experience by putting the right tools in drivers hands. 

As we approach Spring Break, especially with road trips in mind, Metromile offers benefits that will help take the guesswork out of car travel but there’s a few other must have’s for every road trip:

  • Your cell phone – make sure you can check in with family and friends on the road or have it handy in case of an emergency. Plus, there’s fun apps to help you find the cheapest gas in the area or keep up with your MPG, trip logs and car health with the Metromile app (and plugged in Pulse device)
  • A phone charger
  • Water – stay hydrated!
  • Roadside assistance You never know what could happen on the road. Make sure you have the number ready on who to call. Services like AAA are great to keep you protected on the road and Metromile insurance customers receive free roadside assistance no matter where they are on the road!
  • A second set of keys– give them to one of your passengers to hold onto in case you get locked out.
  • Change your oil before the trip and check tire pressure – it’s always important to check the basics of your car health before you head out on a road trip. Metromile users will always have access to their car health via the app and if there’s a problem, they’ll be alerted.
  • Bring insurance information – keep a copy of your insurance card in your glove box! Metromile insurance customers can always access a copy of their policy directly via their Metromile App so there’s less panic if there’s trouble.
  • A road emergency kit – It’s a good idea to throw in jumper cables, a gas can, road flares and the like just in case. It’s also not a bad idea to pack a medical emergency kit even if you find you just need an Advil or a Band-Aid.
  • Film for your camera

Enjoy the road and wherever it may take you!

How to install your Metronome

Hi MetroMilers!

One of our most frequently asked questions is “How do you install the Metronome?” — that cool little widget that provides all the data used by our app. So in this video, we’d like to introduce Beri from our Customer Experience team, who will show you how easy it is to find the OBD II port in your car and plug in your Metronome device.

The OBD II port looks like a trapezoid with 9 little holes. There are 6 locations where your OBD II port might be:

  1. Under the left dashboard (most common)
  2. Above the brake pedal
  3. Under the right dashboard
  4. Near the radio (rare)
  5. In the center console (very rare)
  6. On the floor by the driver-side door (usually in BMWs)

There’s a nice website where you can look up your car’s make, year, and model, and it will tell you exactly where your port is.

Once you’ve got the Metronome in place, you’ll be able to access all of our free app features, as well as find out how much you could save with our unique per-mile car insurance service! 

Happy driving!