Summer is the traditional time when individuals and families go on vacation. It often involves packing up the car and heading out on a road trip. During the months of June through August, there is an increase in auto related accidents due to increased vacation travel and increased road work. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recommends the following tips to keep in mind before you hit the road this summer travel season.
Before You Leave
Service Your Vehicle–Regular maintenance on your vehicle is important to prevent a breakdown. If your car hasn’t been in for a tune-up, make sure it gets done before you leave.
Roadside Emergency Kit–Even with thorough maintenance on your vehicles, sometimes a car trouble is inevitable. In case of a breakdown keep a roadside emergency kit in your vehicle which includes a jumper cables, flares, a tire jack, water, and other essential items that would help if your car breaks down.
During your trip
Buckle up–All passengers should wear their seatbelts while the vehicle is on the road. According to the CDC, seat belt use is the most effective way to reduce injuries in crashes and save lives.
Traveling with children–Take proper safety precautions when driving with children. All children 13 and under should ride in the backseat. Car seats and booster seats should be installed properly, and never leave children unattended in a vehicle.
Be alert–Keep your eyes on the road. Any texts or phone calls can wait, and if they can’t, pull over to address them. Also, if your trip is a long one, plan for some stops along the way.
Stay safe and happy travels!
TECH TIP – If your vehicle has an emergency or a crash, the driver can turn off the key and sound the horn for at least 8 seconds and T3 will send a vehicle alarm to the owner (and authorized emergency contacts). This assumes you had the yellow wire connected to the vehicle horn during the installation and that your horn does sound with the key off.