CHP’s “Keep Your Cool” Summer Travel Safety Tips

The California Highway Patrol (CHP) has recently issued a press release about their “Keep Your Cool” summer travel safety tips. The roadways are going to be packed this summer with travelers, commuters and vacationers. The sun is shining, temperatures are heating up and the CHP wants to remind motorists to stay safe behind the wheel this summer. The hot weather and increased driving time can be taxing on car engines during the summer months.

“Planning and Preparation”

Joe Jarrow, CHP Commissioner, is quick to point out that with a little planning and preparation, motorists will be able to reduce the risk of a tragedy occurring during summer travel. With warmer weather and busier roadways, drivers need to take additional precautions for the strain that the weather and increased roadway travel can put on drivers and their automobiles. Make sure your car’s service records are up-to-date before it gets really hot. Keeping coolant and other fluids topped off will ensure a well-running engine all summer.

“Keep Your Cool” Quick Summer Safety Tips

• Never leave children or pets in unattended vehicles.
• Check your vehicle’s radiator system. Poorly maintained cooling systems fail in hot weather.
• Keep up with regularly scheduled oil changes and maintenance.
• De-clutter your ride. Items like lighters and batteries can become dangerous in hot cars.
• Put together a good roadside emergency kit with plenty of fresh water.

Don’t Forget About the Kids and Pets

Drivers should never, under any circumstances, leave children or pets unattended in vehicles. Small children and pets are particularly susceptible to heatstroke, and it doesn’t take long for a car to warm up. Even with rolled down windows and relatively low morning temperatures, it can take a little as 10 minutes for a car to reach deadly temperatures.

Safe Summer Traveling

With a little bit of planning and preparation, summer traveling is easy and safe. If you’re planning a fun road trip, get all your fluids topped off before leaving and check your tire pressure for smooth travels. In addition to keeping pets and children cool, pack plenty of fresh water and be prepared for emergency situations. The team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. wishes everybody safe and happy travels this summer.

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