Make this Summer a Safe One

For Immediate Release:
June 13, 2016

Tim Weisberg
OTS Marketing and Public Affairs
(916) 509-3020

Make this Summer a Safe One
Important Safety Reminders for Summer Travel Plans

Sacramento, Calif. – Although the calendar may not say it, in California summer season has started. For many, those long-awaited vacation plans are drawing near. While some may be sticking around and enjoying barbeques and visits to that special local spot, others may be in store for a road trip to their favorite destination. Whatever your summer plans may include, California’s roadways are sure to be bustling. With this in mind, the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) is reminding drivers to make this summer a safe one by planning ahead for a stress-free and enjoyable trip, no matter the distance.

“California is often recognized for its many sought-after travel destinations, making our roadways busier than ever throughout this time of the year,” said Rhonda Craft, Director of the California Office of Traffic Safety. “We all need to plan ahead, so that your road trip is both safe and enjoyable.”

In advance of any travel plans – whether near or far – OTS encourages drivers to take a few extra precautions to help ensure safe summer trips for all:

Plan Ahead:
• Have a plan in place for the route, duration and any potential delays that may occur on your trip , and make others aware of your plans.
• Check road conditions ahead of time, paying extra attention to road closures, detours and roadwork notifications.
• Figure how long it should take to reach your destination, then give yourself extra time. You will either arrive early and stress free or on time if you encounter delays along the way.

Prepare Your Vehicle:
• Have a spare tire ready, and ensure all tires, including the spare, are properly inflated and treads are in good condition.
• Inspect the A/C, engine, battery, hoses, belts and fluids. Check for wear and tear and proper fluid levels.
• Confirm that lights and wipers are working properly, and clean windows ahead of time.
• Have an emergency road kit on hand, including jumper cables, a flashlight and bottled water.

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