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Safety Tips

Spring Break Safety Tips:

Before you leave:

  1. MAKE SURE DOORS AND WINDOWS ARE LOCKED AND USE CURTAINS OR DRAPES IF YOU HAVE THEM TO BLOCK THE VIEW FROM OUTSIDE
  2. HAVE A TRUSTED PERSON RETRIEVE YOUR MAIL OR HOLD MAIL SERVICE UNTIL YOU RETURN
  3. DON’T USE SOCIAL MEDIA IN A WAY THAT MAKES IT CLEAR YOU ARE GONE

Travel plans:

  1. BE AWARE OF CURRENT AND FORECAST WEATHER CONDITIONS FOR YOUR TRIP
  2. INFORM A TRUSTED PERSON OF YOUR ROUTE, ANTICIPATED STOPS, EXPECTED TIME OF ARRIVAL, AND DEVELOP PREDETERMINED CHECK-IN/ CALL TIMES/LOCATIONS

Maintain your vehicle:

  1. MAKE SURE TIRES, LIGHTS, BELTS, HOSES, FLUIDS, AND WINDSHIELD WIPERS ARE IN GOOD WORKING ORDER
  2. MAKE SURE YOU HAVE AND READ YOUR OWNER’S MANUAL AS TO UNDERSTAND WHAT CERTAIN DASH WARNING LIGHTS MEAN.

When driving:

  1. KNOW WHERE YOU ARE – ROAD NAME, HIGHWAY MILE MARKER
  2. MINIMIZE DISTRACTIONS – LIMIT CONVERSATION WITH OTHER VEHICLE OCCUPANTS, KEEP MUSIC AT A REASONABLE VOLUME, DO NOT USE A CELL PHONE WHILE DRIVING
  3. DO NOT DRIVE WHILE UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOL OR DRUGS (INCLUDING PRESCRIPTION MEDICATION), OR WHILE FATIGUED, OR UNDER EMOTIONAL STRESS.
  4. ALWAYS WEAR YOUR SEATBELT AND INSURE ALL PASSENGERS WEAR SEATBELTS AS WELL.

What if my car breaks down?

  1. GET OFF THE ROAD IF POSSIBLE
  2. IF YOUR VEHICLE IS IN A SAFE LOCATION, IT IS USUALLY BEST TO WAIT INSIDE (A GOOD RULE OF THUMB, IF SAFETY IS MORE THAN 100 YARDS AWAY, STAY WITH YOUR CAR)
  3. MAKE YOUR VEHICLE AS VISIBLE AS POSSIBLE – USE HAZARD LIGHTS, FLARES, HAZARD TRIANGLES
  4. DISPLAY A DISTRESS SIGNAL – IF YOU NEED POLICE, RAISE THE HOOD OR TIE A WHITE CLOTH TO THE ANTENNA OR DOOR HANDLE
  5. AVOID LEAVING CAR ENGINE ON FOR EXTENDED PERIODS TO HEAT OR COOL THE VEHICLE.  RUN THE ENGINE AND HEATER ONLY 10 MINUTES EVERY HOUR
  6. DO NOT STAND DIRECTLY IN FRONT OF OR BEHIND YOUR CAR – MOTORISTS MAY HAVE TROUBLE SEEING YOU.
  7. IF YOU ARE THREATENED OR HARASSED WHILE WAITING IN YOUR CAR, FLASH THE LIGHTS AND HONK THE HORN REPEATEDLY TO ATTRACT ATTENTION FROM OTHERS. DON’T GET OUT OF YOUR CAR TO CONFRONT THEM.

Vehicle Supply Check List:

  1. WINDSHIELD SCRAPER
  2. TIRE CHAINS AND TOW STRAPS
  3. EMERGENCY BLANKET, EXTRA CLOTHING LAYERS, WINTER HAT AND INSULATED GLOVES
  4. CHEMICAL HAND WARMERS (CAN OBTAIN AT SKI SHOPS AND SPORTING GOODS STORES)
  5. WATER AND NONPERISHABLE EMERGENCY FOOD
  6. SMALL CAMPING-STYLE FOLDING SHOVEL
  7. BAG OF CAT LITTER (NOT FOR YOUR CAT- FOR TRACTION ON YOUR TIRES IF STUCK)
  8. REFLECTIVE SAFETY VEST
  9. CELL PHONE WITH CHARGER
  10. PENCIL AND NOTEBOOK
  11. EXTRA MEDICATIONS
  12. VEHICLE OPERATING MANUAL
  13. FLASHLIGHT WITH EXTRA BATTERIES
  14. FLARES
  15. EXTRA WINDSHIELD/WASHER FLUID
  16. EXTRA ENGINE COOLANT
  17. SMALL PORTABLE FIRE EXTINGUISHER
  18. CANDLES AND WATERPROOF MATCHES
  19. TIRE JACK WITH FLAT BOARD FOR SOFT SURFACES
  20. LUG WRENCH FOR CHANGING FLAT TIRE
  21. SPARE TIRE
  22. TOOLKIT CONTAINING SCREWDRIVER, PLIERS, DUCT TAPE, AND ADJUSTABLE WRENCH
  23. UMBRELLA
  24. FIRST AID KIT
  25. A LITERAL MAP OR ATLAS
  26. CASH/CREDIT CARDS
  27. JUMPER CABLES