Even as gas prices are on the rise, most Americans are still planning to travel this summer according to a recent AAA survey.
The following are good reminders as you prepare to take to the road during this summer.
§ Buckle your safety belt – it’s the best way to stay safe in a vehicle and remember, the national Click It or Ticket program is in full swing over the holiday weekends
§ Put down the cell phone – 80% of accidents are related to driver distraction – and never text and drive! 2
§ Don’t drink and drive – even one alcoholic drink can reduce your abilities and impair your judgment
§ Be prepared – take a map, atlas, or GPS device; make sure your spare tire is inflated and you know how to change it; have your car serviced before heading out; include an emergency kit with water and snacks in case you’re stranded for more than a few hours; refuel BEFORE your gas warning indicator displays
§ Turn down the music – hearing sirens and emergency vehicles is an important warning to slow down and drive cautiously - you may be approaching an accident scene
§ Keep your eyes on the road and hands on the wheel – eating, looking for CDs, and digging for things in the floorboard or back seat can lead to trouble
§ Get plenty of rest – make sure you’re well rested before getting behind the wheel, rotate driving duties with others in the car to avoid becoming too sleepy or distracted
§ Take frequent breaks – stop, get out of the vehicle, and stretch your legs often
§ Be courteous - because of the volume of vehicles on the road, you’re bound to run into a few traffic jams, be cut off, or be forced to stop short - remain calm and courteous - don’t let other drivers ruin your summer travel
Travel safely and enjoy your summer!