As vacation season begins, roadways are subject to become increasingly busy. College safety officials advise everyone to remember a few actions that will make road trips safer. Drivers can protect themselves and their passengers by following some simple tips.
+ Make sure your vehicle is tuned up and in good condition for travel.
+ Use seat belts and child safety seats properly; the rear seat is the safest place for children.
+ Be flexible in setting travel plans. Leave early to avoid the peak traffic hours.
+ Stay fresh and alert when driving. Take breaks and do not try to meet an unrealistic schedule. If you get tired, top at a rest area or business, get out of the car for some fresh air, buy something to refresh you or simply relax until you feel revived. Find lodging and spend the night, if necessary.
+ Follow the speed limit. Maintain proper distance to react to the traffic around you.
+ Pass vehicles safely; if you cannot see enough clear road do not pass.
+ Choose a designated driver if you plan to consume alcoholic beverages at your vacation gatherings.
+ Avoid distracted driving (eating, drinking, cell phone use and other actions that take your attention off the road).
These are just a few measures you can take for a safer driving experience heading to your destination. College officials extend best wishes for an enjoyable vacation season.