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June 26, 2012 > Summer Travel Safety Tips

Summer Travel Safety Tips

Submitted By Chris Cochran

Final school bells are ringing, graduations are underway, hot weather and vacations are on tap. Millions of Californians are expected to hit the roads on the way to the beaches, mountains and all of the state's scenic and fun-time wonders. Whether you have longstanding travel plans, a last minute road trip in mind, or just sticking around town this summer, the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) reminds you to give some thought to your summer travel to ensure everyone arrives safely and can enjoy the trip.

Plan 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 at

Expect to encounter roadwork, delays & detours - 'Slow for the Cone Zone'

Check road conditions, including possible road closures. Visit for real time highway conditions.

Prepare Your Vehicle

Check the tires, 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. Check the A/C.

Do a "once around" - test all the lights, wipers and clean the windows (inside and out)

If you're not sure of what to do, consider a quick inspection by a qualified technician. A few dollars up front can mean peace of mind and safe arrivals, as well as no costly on-the-road repairs and trip interruptions.

Prepare an Emergency Roadside Kit, including jumper cables, a flashlight and plenty of bottled water. For a complete list, visit

Safety First and Always

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.

Always plan ahead, use a Designated Sober Driver.

If you see suspected drunk drivers, it is legal and encouraged for you to call 911.

Clues can help motorists detect a drunk driver: excessive weaving/swerving, especially in and out of the lane; traveling at speeds much slower than the flow of traffic; braking erratically or stopping in the lane; sudden stops for signal lights and slow starts once they change; remaining at the signal lights after they turn green - asleep at the wheel; making wide turns and/or cutting the corner striking the curb.

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