Surviving The Tough Road While Driving

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Ideas to keep you safer on the road:

Keep your doors locked, safety belts buckled and children safe and secure in properly installed safety seats.

Don’t let your gas tank fall below 1/3 tank.

Remain on main highways and roads – and don’t forget your AAA mapping tools.

Pack a flashlight, blanket and first-aid kit. In cold climates, pack extra warm clothing.

If you are planning on a long trip, pack an emergency ration kit of water and nonperishable food items such as fruit or granola bars.

When stopping for breaks, never let children go to the restroom alone. Always lock vehicle doors, regardless of whether you’ll just be gone for a few minutes.

Carry a cellphone in case of emergencies.

Do not stop and help a disabled vehicle. Instead, involve help from your mobile phone or possibly a pay phone.

Go with a well-lighted, populated facility, if stopping during nighttime travel. Park where your vehicle is seen.

Keep the doors locked and only roll your window down enough to hear exactly what the person is saying if approached by someone while your vehicle is stopped.

If your vehicle breaks down, suggestions to keep you safe:

Move your car or truck off the road safely from traffic.

Stay inside your vehicle and make sure all passengers stay inside, too. Keep doors locked and just roll on the window enough to ask any passersby to call police.

If you can’t move your automobile off the road, ask all passengers to exit the vehicle when it is safe to do so, and stand from traffic.

Keep your group together should you must walk to a phone.

Warn other drivers by raising the vehicle’s hood, tying a white cloth to a door handle or using reflective triangles or flares. Warning devices needs to be placed far enough away from the vehicle to provide oncoming traffic time to react. A good general guideline: three devices at 50, 100 and 25 yards from the vehicle – or 300, 200 or 100 feet.