Big business trip planned? A special level of attention to detail is needed when preparing to drive. No matter how much planning goes into ensuring a safe trip, no one ever plans to be in a crash. Take the time to be prepared and be safe.
- Do your homework – know your route and set your navigation before leaving.
- Check the oil, tires, air pressure, windshield wipers and fluid.
- Check the weather forecast.
- Make sure every person in every seat wears a seatbelt.
- Remember to take breaks.
- When riding in a taxi or using a car service, never let safety take a back seat. Crashes happen in all types of vehicles, with all levels of drivers at any time in any place. Always buckle up – no matter who is doing the driving.
Will your teenage driver be using the car while you are away on business? Teens look to their parents for driving advice. Always lead by example and make sure to give them the right tips.
NHTSA reminds parents to set the rules before they hit the road with “5 to Drive”:
- No cell phones while driving.
- No extra passengers.
- No speeding.
- No alcohol.
- No driving or riding without a seatbelt.
If you are planning to bring small children with you on your business trip:
- Know your state’s requirements.
- Car seats and booster seats – know the difference.
- The National Safety Council recommends that all children 12 and under should ride properly restrained in the back seat.
- Always read your child restraint manual on properly using the restraint.
- If you have questions check with your local community’s Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician.
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