To help motorists enjoy safe summer travels on the road, California Highway Patrol (CHP) is reminding the public to take care of themselves and their vehicles.
"Throughout the busy summer travel season, safety should never take a backseat; buckle up, designate a non-drinking driver, adhere to the speed limit, and avoid becoming distracted behind the wheel," said CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow.
Before traveling, have your vehicle thoroughly checked, with special attention to these items:
To prevent your vehicle from overheating, make sure your radiator is working properly and is filled with fluid. Check fluid levels regularly.
Ensure your tires are properly inflated.
Keep yourself and your passengers in mind by checking that your air conditioner is in good working order before hitting the road.
NEVER leave children or pets unattended for any length of time in a car. A closed car can heat up to well over 100 degrees in a very short period of time.
If you plan to travel long distances, consider getting an early morning or late afternoon start when the weather tends to be less severe.
Some additional safety tips:
Be sure to set your destination on your navigation device prior to departing and never drive distracted while behind the wheel.
Always use an appropriate child passenger safety seat when transporting children under the age of eight, or until they are 4 feet 9 inches in height. Be a good example and always wear your seat belt.
Carry a survival kit with extra water, concentrated food, cellular telephone and charger, sunscreen, matches, collapsible shovel, blankets, goodjack, tools and basic extra parts for your car (e.g., hoses, fan belts, extra gas) and maps of your area.
Always designate a sober driver when you head out for your summer fun.
According to data from the CHP, nearly 1,000 people were killed in collisions during the summer months of 2010 in California. Nearly 78,000 others were injured in collisions.
"Always remember, a little bit of safety can go a long way on the road for you and your travel companions," Farrow said.