Many will use these last few weeks of summer for a family vacation before school starts. Safety is always our #1 concern.
Before you go:
- Cracked Windshield. Even if you have the smallest chip, have it repaired. It can become larger as you travel even going over the smallest bump.
- Tires and windshield wipers – Bald tires can be a road hazard for you and those cars traveling around you. Cracked windshield wipers will not remove rain as they were meant to so you have a clear view of the road. Thunderstorms come up unexpectedly.
- Filler up with gas. When going on a road trip to an area unfamiliar to you, there may be as many gas stations as you are used to. Being out of gas is not the way to spend the first hours of vacation.
On the road:
- Don’t text.Texts can be answered when you arrive at your destination. It only takes a moment of inattention to create road rage or cause accidents.
- Don’t be in a rush.Be sure to take breaks along the way and stay overnight when you get tired. Night driving can be especially challenging if you are not used to it. Dozing off at the wheel can be deadly to your family or others.
- Get help from other family member. Choose a navigator to guide you through turns so you can concentrate on the road. GPS is great. Even then, it’s better to have someone else letting you know of upcoming turns or traffic. If you miss your turn, don’t panic. There’s always a safe solution at the next light or exit.
- Buckle up your seatbelt. It’s against the law to drive without a seatbelt. Law Enforcements Officials can stop you and ticket you for not wearing your seatbelt. They don’t have to have another reason.
- Don’t drink and drive – This may go without saying but as a reminder – drunk drivers account for about 1/3 of all traffic-related deaths.
You can be the best driver in the world but you never know what the next driver is going to do. Be safe! Have fun on your vacation!