Great Advice from the National Safety Council
On the Road Traveling
Carry emergency supplies in your vehicle. No matter how moderate the climate is, be prepared for emergencies. Must-haves include blankets, jumper cables, flashlight, first-aid kit, shovel, flares, tow chain, nonperishable snacks, and sand or cat litter for traction.
Check your manual for proper tire pressure and fill tires accordingly.
- Check windshield wipers and replace if needed. Keep your windshield wiper fluid full and use fluid that can withstand freezing temperatures.
- Keep a well-maintained, appropriately rated fire extinguisher in your vehicle, and know how and when to use it.
- Park in well-lit areas. Have your keys ready before you approach the car. Lock doors immediately after entering your car and keep windows rolled up.
- Have a map and plan your trip ahead of time. Give yourself enough time knowing that traffic can delay your travel time.
- Take breaks if driving for long periods of time.
- Do not drive if you are drowsy.
- Never use your cell phone while driving a vehicle.
- Make sure all passengers in your vehicle are wearing their seat belts.
- Before a road trip, clean your headlights, taillights, signal lights, and windows. Make sure to have your vehicle properly serviced by a mechanic. Also, check the battery, brakes, tires, belts, hoses, exhaust system, and fluid levels.
- Don't sit in unattended areas in airports, train, or bus stations. Stay within sight of ticket agents and other travelers.