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Safety Tips for Travel

As summer comes to an end for school children, many families will use these last few weeks for a family vacation. While this is a great time for family bonding, there are a few safety concerns you should adhere to.

  1. Windshield Cracks – If you have a crack in your windshield, have it repaired before you leave, even if it’s a small one. It can become larger as you travel even by going over the smallest bump in the road and cause potential harm to you and others.
  2. Check your tires and windshield wipers – Be sure the tires have good treads. Bald tires can be a road hazard for you and those cars traveling around you. Cracked windshield wipers will not do the job they are meant to do by removing rain so you have a clear view. It’s not the time that you realize your wipers should have been replaced when a thunderstorm comes up unexpectedly.
  3. Be sure to fill up with gas – This is especially true when going on a road trip to an area unfamiliar to you. There may not be a gas station when you need it. You do not want to spend the first hours of vacation on the side of the road waiting for Roadside Assistance.
  4. Don’t drink and drive – This goes without saying but drunk drivers account for about 1/3 of all traffic-related deaths.
  5. Stop texting – This is a danger to avoid. Even when you are at a stop light, don’t start texting or scrolling. It only takes a moment of inattention to cause accidents or create road rage.
  6. Give yourself enough time – Don’t be in a rush to get to your destination. Be sure to take breaks along the way and stay overnight when you get tired. Dozing off at the wheel can be deadly.
  7. Get help from your navigator – It’s a great time to discover new places. Choose another family member to guide you through turns so you can concentrate on the road. GPS has taken care of the guesswork. Even then, it’s better to have someone else in charge of the route. If you miss your turn, don’t panic. There’s always a safe solution at the next light or exit.
  8. Buckle up your seatbelt – No matter your age, wearing a seatbelt can be a life-saving step. Besides it is against the law. Law Enforcements Officials can stop you and ticket you for not wearing your seatbelt. They don’t have to have another reason.

Remember that you can be the best driver in the world but you never know what the next driver is going to do. Have fun on your vacation! Be safe!