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Memorial Day Road Trip: Ten Tips To Get There Safely Page 2


stop sign - flickr user thecrazyfilmgirl

stop sign - flickr user thecrazyfilmgirl

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7.    Obey traffic laws. Stop signs, yield signs, construction or work zones, and traffic signals – they’re there for a reason: to help ensure everyone’s safety. But for this to work, drivers need to obey them. Don’t think you can get away with ignoring them. That split-second before a crash is too late to avert what could have been prevented.

Stuck in traffic, by Flickr user SMercury98

Stuck in traffic, by Flickr user SMercury98

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8.    Maintain a safety cushion. One way to help ensure you arrive at your destination safely – or at least to increase the likelihood that you will – is to give yourself a safety cushion. There are two safety cushions that make sense. The first involves time. Give yourself extra time to get where you need to go – to allow for unexpectedly heavy traffic, changing weather conditions or other incidents along the road. The second involves distance. Leave a cushion of about ¼-mile between you and the vehicles ahead. Make sure you have a way out in case you need to make a quick maneuver.

9.    Be prepared with water, food and other essentials. You may not expect to get stranded, but the possibility is there. It’s better to be prepared by bringing along plenty of water for you and your passengers, along with non-perishable food and snacks, blankets, road emergency medical kit and other essentials. Remember that unexpected warm or cool weather this summer can necessitate appropriate precautions.

 

Volvo Big Rig

Volvo Big Rig

10. Be safe around big trucks. America’s Road Team, sponsored by Volvo Trucks North America, and the American Trucking Associations, have a few words of advice about safety around big trucks. First, remember that big rigs have blind spots. If you can’t see the truck driver in his or her mirrors, then the truck driver can’t see you either. Second, don’t cut in front of big trucks. Large trucks are heavier and take longer to make a complete stop, so it’s important to avoid cutting quickly in front of them. Keep this in mind. A fully-loaded tractor trailer takes the length of a football field and both end zones to come to a complete stop when traveling at highway speeds.

[Car Care Council, America’s Road Team, American Trucking Associations]

 

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