Be prepared if you hit the road

Published 7:01 am Tuesday, December 18, 2012

In the coming days, many of us will be hitting the road to visit family or friends this Christmas weekend. However, it’s important to be prepared before starting any long road trip. Here’s some tips from the National Safety Council and American Automobile Association:

  • Have an itinerary and leave early, to reduce stress. If possible, take short breaks every two to three hours, especially if traveling with children or pets.
  • Have a spare tire, jumper cables and any other equipment that might be necessary in case of a breakdown. Have a first-aid kit, food and water, blankets and a flashlight or flares, in case you get stranded.
  • If your road trip is going to be a very long one, have your vehicle inspected by a mechanic before hitting the road.
  • Be sure to follow all posted signs, especially speed limits. Remember that officers are out in full force during the holidays.


If we all practice good common sense and are prepared, we’ll all get to our destinations safely. Have a merry Christmas and a happy new year.

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