The National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA) recently issued a consumer advisory regarding some simple but important tips for summer road trips. Families in California and across the nation are getting ready to kick off road trip season with the first official holiday weekend of the summer. The NHTSA has tips to keep you and your family safe and to hopefully prevent unexpected repair expenses too. From pre-trip vehicle prep and checking for recalls to sharing the road and moving over for roadway workers, these tips will help to ensure you have a successful and safe summer road trip. Listed below are the NHTSA’s 2017 Summer Road Trip Safety Tips.
NHTSA’s 2017 Summer Road Trip Safety Tips
- Perform a basic safety check.
- Check for recalls on your vehicle.
- Protect your passengers.
- Share the road and stay alert!
- Store an emergency roadside kit.
- Don’t drink and drive.
- Avoid distraction.
- Observe “Move Over” laws.
Pre-Trip Vehicle Prep
Before you go on any long road trips this summer, it’s a good idea to do some basic pre-trip maintenance and checks. First, you should have a basic safety check done. This can include an oil change or tune up, tire rotations, a battery check or any other inspection that could impact your car’s ability to stay on the road. Equally important, you need to check for recalls on your vehicle. Use safercar.gov’s VIN lookup tool to see if your vehicle is under any safety recalls. You can get these swiftly and painlessly remedied at your local dealership. Get it done before you hit the road. Finally, pack a roadside emergency kit. This kit should include basic mechanical, first aid and safety gear. Make sure to pack plenty of snacks and water too, just in case you get stranded for an extended period of time.
Safety on The Open Road
Safety on the open road is essential for a successful road trip. This means the driver needs to make a commitment to distraction-free driving. Remember to share the road and always be on the lookout for roadway workers, pedestrians, cyclists and other vulnerable roadway users.
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