Travel Safely This Summer

School is out, and everyone is ready to have a fun summer filled with vacations, traveling, being active outside, and much more!

Four Corners wants everyone to have a safe and happy summer. Prevention and planning may take a little more time, but it helps keep you safer in the long run. Here are some cool tips to keep you safe as you spend more time traveling and outside this summer.

Before You Travel:

  • Get your car serviced with regular maintenance – tune ups, oil changes, battery checks, and tire rotations.
  • Go over your vehicle safety checklist.
  • Check your tires – air pressure, tread wear, and spare.
  • Make sure all of your lights (inside and out) are working properly.
  • Check fluid levels and wiper blades.
  • Pack an emergency roadside kit. This might include things such as a first aid kit, your cell phone and car charger, flash lights, car jack, tire pressure gauge, jumper cables, water, paper towels or rags, work gloves, duct tape, basic repair tools, flares, non-perishable food and water, extra windshield washer fluid, maps, and emergency blankets and towels.
  • Check for recalls on your vehicle and car seat. You can find this information in one convenient location www.safercar.gov. If there is a recall, get it fixed as soon as possible – for free!

In and Around the Car:

  • Never leave a child alone in a parked car – even when the windows are down or the air conditioning is on. Heatstroke can occur in temperatures as low as 57º and the temperatures inside a vehicle can reach deadly levels within 10 minutes.
  • Always check the front and back of the vehicle before locking it and walking away.
  • Always lock your car and keep the keys out of a child’s reach.
  • Wear your seatbelt! Every trip, every time, every passenger! Children ages 8-12 should ride in a booster seat appropriate for their size. Call Four Corners Health Department to make sure your car seat is installed properly and fits the child.
  • Before you back out of a driveway or parking space, walk around your vehicle to check for children.
  • Every vehicle has a blind zone. Be mindful of yours.

On the Road:

  • Stay alert! Do not drive when you are sleepy.
  • Long rides are hard for everyone! Stop to stretch and refresh.
  • Avoid distractions. Resist the urge to look at your phone (whether you are walking or driving)– keep your eyes on the road. In many states, it is illegal to use your phone while you are driving. Other distractions are eating, drinking, talking with other passengers, and using in-vehicle technologies and portable electronic devices. Set rules for the people in your car before you leave.
  • Share the road with motorcyclists, bicyclists, and pedestrians.
  • Signal before turning, changing lanes, or merging with traffic.
  • Leave plenty of distance between you and other vehicles.
  • Be a mindful driver. Be especially attentive around schools and neighborhoods where children are active.
  • Do not drive under the influence of drugs, alcohol, or medications that suggest you shouldn’t drive. Use NHTSA’s SaferRide App (available for iOS and Android operating systems). This will help you find a safe ride home (call a taxi or a friend for a ride) when you are unable to drive yourself. It can even help you find where you are so you can be picked up.
  • Obey all posted speed limits. Drive slower if you need to because of weather or traffic conditions.

We hope these safety tips help everyone have a great summer. Have fun and stay safe!  For more information on safe summer travel, contact Four Corners Health Department at (877) 337-3573 or info@fourcorners.ne.gov. You can also find more tips and information about Summer Travel Tips at https://one.nhtsa.gov/nhtsa/tips/summer/.