Many will take to the highway over the Easter holiday weekend to visit loved ones or just get away for a few days. The American Red Cross reminds travelers to pay attention to the weather forecast for their destination. Travel and weather web sites can help them avoid storms and other regional challenges that could impact their safety.
When you’re driving, it’s important to buckle your seat belt and avoid speeding and driving impaired. Drivers should be well rested and alert and give their full attention to the road. Drivers should make frequent stops and rotate drivers on a long trip. If someone is too tired to drive, they should pull over and rest.Shop the Red Cross Store for all your preparedness needs.
- Use caution in work zones.
- Avoid distractions such as cell phones.
- Observe speed limits – driving too fast or too slow can increase your chance of being in a collision.
- Be respectful of other motorists and follow the rules of the road.
- Don’t follow another vehicle too closely.
- If you plan on drinking, designate a driver who won’t drink.
- Clean your headlights, taillights, signal lights and windows to help you see, especially at night.
- Turn your headlights on as dusk approaches, or if you are using your windshield wipers due to inclement weather.
- Don’t overdrive your headlights.
- If you have car trouble, pull off the road as far as possible.
- Don’t let your vehicle’s gas tank get too low.
BE PREPARED Find out what disasters may occur where you are traveling, especially if they are disasters you have never experienced before. Know how officials would communicate with you there in the event of an emergency. Carry a Disaster Supplies Kit in your trunk. Be sure to let someone know where you are going, your planned route, and when you expect to arrive. Then help can be sent along your predetermine route if trouble occurs.
If you are taking your pet with you, there are special things you should know to make your trip more enjoyable. For important tips on safe travel and other information to keep you and your loved ones safe, please visit our web site.