Wednesday, June 1, 2011

10 Tips for Keeping Your Family Safe on the Road

With summer around the corner, families are getting ready for lots of car travel and vacations. Summertime is full of fun trips and activities. But before we head out on these adventures and spend a lot of time in the car, it’s important to be Safe.

Here's my Tips:

1.)Be Prepared by Planning Ahead.
Make sure that you have the necessary items needed for your trip. Sunglasses, Snacks, and Directions are great to have ahead of time.

2.) Make Sure that Your Car is Ready and Legal.
Before driving anywhere, make sure that your car's insurance, registration and inspections are all Good and Up to Date. This will save you from getting a ticket or fine if you happen to get pulled over or go through a Road Block.

3.) Get a Tune-UP or have a mechanic check your vehicle.
It is always good to have an oil change. This could save you money and make your car run better. Also, make sure you have enough transmission fluid and Windshield washer fluids.

4.) Check Your Tires.
It is always good to make sure that your tires have the right air pressure. Too much air or not enough could cause you problems.

5.) Make Sure You have a Clean and safe Windshield.
A clean windshield will make your visibility better. Also, A properly installed windshield ensures the passenger-side airbag deploys properly and helps maintain a vehicle’s structural integrity in the event of a rollover. An improperly installed windshield could pop out during an accident. Without the windshield, a passenger can be thrown from the vehicle or struck by its collapsing roof - greatly increasing the chance of injury or death.

Think you can ignore a chip in your windshield? Think again! The windshield provides up to 30% of your vehicles structural integrity, and a chip smaller than 6 inches (or the size of a dollar bill) can easily be repaired by filling it with a special resin.

A chip could turn into a crack at any time, often when you are least expecting it. Windshield repair is often a safe and economical alternative to a full windshield replacement.

6.) Buckle Up!
Wearing a Seatbuckle can save your life. In most states, It is the Law.

7.) Put the Phone Down!
Driving while talking on the phone or texting while driving is very dangerous. Avoid the distraction and pull over if you need to use the phone. Or get a Blue Tooth or hands free device. In many states, it is against the Law.

8.) Stay Alert!
It is good to take breaks or switch drivers especially if you are driving for many hours and a long distant. Pull over to take a nap, You will not want to fall alseep at the wheel.

9.) Gas Up.
You will not want to run out of gas in the middle of No wheres. It is a good idea to make sure that when you get down to a 1/4 of a tank to stop and fill up. Also, it's a good idea to fuel your body with fluids too. You will not want to get dehydrated while driving.

10.) Drive Safe.
Be a Cautious driver and watch out for crazy drivers. Do the speed limit for your safety and to avoid getting a speeding ticket.

I hope that these tips will help you to have a safe road trip this summer.

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