Taking a road trip this summer? A few hours of prep now might save you from being stranded on the side of the road, a big repair bill and/or a ruined vacation. Whether you have longstanding travel plans, a last-minute road trip in mind, or you're sticking around town this summer, the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) offers these summer travel tips to ensure you arrive safely and can enjoy your trip:
>> Plan, map and estimate the duration of your driving ahead of time and let others know your plans. You can estimate the cost of gas for your trip here.
>> Expect to encounter roadwork, delays and detours. Check planned lane closures and real-time traffic conditions before you leave so you can make smart choices about your route.
>> Check your tire air pressure, including the spare. Proper inflation and good tread can save money, time and lives.
>> Inspect the engine, battery, hoses, belts and fluids for wear and proper levels. Also, check the A/C.
>> Prepare an emergency roadside kit, including jumper cables, a flashlight and plenty of bottled water. See a complete list of items to include here.
>> Buckle up — every trip, every time.
>> If you have a flat tire, engine problems or a fender bender, drive out of traffic lanes and off the highway if possible. Freeway shoulders are not safe for repair work.
>> If you see a drunk or dangerous driver, call 911.
>> Never, EVER leave a child or pet unattended in a vehicle, even with the window slightly open. Even for a few seconds. Don't do it.
For more summer driving tips, visit the OTS website.