All across the country Americans are hitting the road for their summer vacation. Plans for a safe and pleasant trip should involve preparing your vehicle as well as taking a few precautions. The guidelines below will help reduce the risks inherent in driving during this season.
Get Your Vehicle Ready
Check the tires for proper inflation and good tread. Have a qualified technician give the vehicle an inspection that involves testing the lights, brakes, engine, fluids and windshield wipers. Clean the windows, and avoid obstructing the driver’s view in packing.
Observe Precautions When on the Road
- Buckle your seatbelt every time, and make sure all your passengers do the same. Keep babies and young children in the appropriate car seats.
- If a tire develops a flat, try to steer the vehicle completely off the highway rather than moving it only as far as the freeway shoulder.
- Driving when overly tired presents a danger, so stop frequently to rest and stretch your legs. Let other passengers take their turn behind the wheel.
- According to the National Safety Council, the use of cell phones while driving has led to thousands of fatalities. Therefore, pull off the road when you need to text or call someone.
- Avoid eating or drinking when driving, so you can give your full attention to the road.
- Most importantly, Safecar.gov advocates that parents never leave a child unattended in a parked vehicle. For more information, please see More Tips to Prevent the Tragic Results of Children and Hot Cars.
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