This holiday season many people will be out traveling to see family and friends. The Bryan Police Department is encouraging people to plan ahead for your road trip. Here are some safety tips to help you prepare for your trip so it will go smoothly and hopefully stress free.
-Prepare your vehicle for long distance travel. Check your vehicle equipment; make sure lights are working properly, fluids levels are topped off and tire pressure is correct.
-When is the last time you checked the pressure in your spare tire or located your jack incase you have a flat on the road?
-How old is your car battery? The winter time can be very hard on you battery. Car batteries last about 3-5 years depending on the model.
-Be prepared in case your car becomes disabled. Have the proper emergency equipment with you. For example: a flashlight, a windshield scrapper, road flares or other illuminating devices, warm clothing and gloves if you are traveling to areas with cold weather.
-A cell phone is an asset in emergencies. You can reach the police and all other emergency services by dialing 911 on your cell phone.
-When packing luggage and Christmas presents, make sure you don’t load the vehicle so much that you can’t see out the rear and sides of the vehicle. Make sure you have clear and unobstructed view.
-Leave early so you are not rushed to your destination. The roads will have extra traffic on them, so expect delays. Plan on giving yourself extra time to arrive at your destination; so that you are not speeding or frustrated.
-Keep a full tank of gas. If you see that you are getting near or below a quarter tank of gas, fill up. Don’t take a chance of getting stranded because you ran out of gas.
Don’t drive if you are tired or drowsy. Stop often and stretch to avoid getting tired. Switch drivers so each person can rest if traveling long distance. Stay alert!
-And as always, obey traffic laws and wear your seatbelt.
These are just a few suggested safety tips. Remember others will be out on the road traveling also, so DRIVE FRIENLY. Please use caution during your travels. The Bryan Police Department would like to wish you a safe Happy Holidays.