Don't let this happen to you!
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.