Safe Holiday Travels
Courtesy of the American Red Cross and Women’s Day
Below are some travel safety information everyone can follow to help them enjoy their trip.
With more people on the roads, it’s important to drive safely. Be well rested and alert, use your seat belts, observe speed limits and follow the rules of the road. If you plan on drinking alcohol, designate a driver who won’t drink.
• Give your full attention to the road. Avoid distractions such as cell phones.
• Don’t follow another vehicle too closely.
• Use caution in work zones.
• Make frequent stops.
• Clean your vehicle’s lights and windows to help you see, especially at night.
• Turn your headlights on as dusk approaches, or during inclement weather.
• Don’t overdrive your headlights.
GET READY FOR CHALLENGES
Pay attention to the weather forecast for your destination. Travel and weather web sites can help you avoid storms and other regional issues that could impact your safety.
• Don’t let your vehicle’s gas tank get too low. If you have car trouble, pull as far as possible off the highway.
• Carry a Disaster Supplies Kit in your trunk.
• Let someone know your destination, your route, and when you expect to arrive. If your car gets stuck along the way, help can be sent along your predetermined route.
• Find out what disasters may occur in the place where you are traveling, especially if they are disasters you have never experienced before. Find out how you would get information in the event of a disaster (local radio systems, emergency alert systems).
Your tires are the only four points that touch the road. Keeping tires properly inflated and checking your tires for wear and tear before you get on the road will keep you and your precious cargo safe and help maintain better fuel economy. An easy way to tell if you need new tires is “The Penny Test”. Stick a penny into a tire groove. If you can see the top of Lincoln's head, it's time for new tires. Make sure your tires are inflated to the proper tire pressure. This information is located on the driver door panel or in your owner’s manual.
Plan your route in advance using Google Maps or another online map tool then print and take a good map with you. Charting out your trip from point A to point B will save time and fuel by taking the most direct or least traffic jammed route. Remember to bring your cell phone and car charger in case you need to call ahead or have an emergency. Take along thermal blankets, bottled water, high protein energy snacks to help keep you warm and a well-stocked road safety kit that includes first aid supplies in case of an emergency.
SLOW IT DOWN
For every five miles per hour you drive over the rate of 60 miles per hour, you're essentially paying almost 25 cents more for each gallon of gas. Keeping your speed at 60 miles per hour or less helps burn less fuel and will give you more time to avoid a high speed accident. A vehicle with brakes and tires in good working condition traveling at 60 mph on dry pavement covers 88 feet per second. At 60 mph from perceiving a braking situation to stopping, takes 4.6 seconds during which time the