The summer season is not yet over. As expected, more and more people are planning road trips to their favorite spots in California to enjoy certain days of fine weather. It surely is fun to be outdoors, whether beside the lake or the beach for just a day or two, or a weeklong stay at a campsite with family or friends. But then, the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) is reminding motorists to be prepared before heading out.
In its press release dated July 14, 2014, the state’s traffic safety agency reminds the motoring public that planning for unexpected situations while on the road can save people from accidents, not to mention repairs that are deemed costly and inconvenient. To make summer road trips and outdoor activities as safe and memorable as possible, here are some useful tips which the OTS compiled:
- Planning the trip would include mapping out the route of the whole trip, determining the distance of the trip, where to stop for breaks, meals, and overnight stays at hotels along the route of travel, and checking road conditions through the state’s Department of Transportation (dot.ca.gov.).
- As a preventive measure, the vehicle that will be used during the trip must be checked by a qualified technician. That way, motorists are saved from the hassles of doing repairs while in the middle of the trip in the event the vehicle suddenly bogged down.
- Also, it is important to check every part of the vehicle, from the tires, engine parts, air condition unit, lights, to wipers. Emergency roadside kit must be kept inside the vehicle.
- Before embarking on the trip itself, drivers and the passengers must be restrained with a seat belt. Young passengers must be paid close attention; they must be seated at the back and restrained with child safety or booster seats.
- Keeping focused while driving is important. Texting or calling using the cellphone (even hands-free ones) while driving is prohibited. If there is a need to do so, drivers must stop on the side of the road. Also, avoid drowsy driving by having switching driving duties with other passengers during the trip. Avoid eating while driving; stop somewhere safe before doing so. More importantly, the trip must be stress-free, don’t be aggressive behind the wheel.
According to a Los Angeles accident attorney, the likelihood of meeting a road mishap increases during this time of the year, which is why it is important for those planning to enjoy the great outdoors to be as prepared and well-focused with their driving as possible. Summer, just like any other period within the year, is the time to exercise road safety.
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