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Drive safely if travel is in your plans

Memorial Day weekend is just ahead and for many it may mean getting out on the road for that first long holiday weekend of the summer. The American Red Cross offers some travel safety tips to help you and your loved ones have a great weekend.

With more people traveling over the holiday weekend, it’s more important than ever to drive safely. Be well rested and alert, use your seat belts, observe speed limits and follow the rules of the road. If you plan on drinking alcohol, designate a driver who won’t drink.

FIVE STEPS TO HIGHWAY SAFETY

  1. Don’t follow another vehicle too closely.
  2. Pay attention—avoid distractions such as cell phones.
  3. Turn the headlights on as dusk approaches or in bad weather. Don’t overdrive your headlights.
  4. Make frequent stops. During long trips, rotate drivers. If you’re too tired to drive, stop and get some rest.
  5. If you have car trouble, pull off the road as far as possible.

TRAVEL PREPAREDNESS TIPS

Pay attention to the weather forecast for your destination. Travel and weather web sites can help you avoid storms and other regional challenges that could impact your safety. Other things you should do to prepare for your trip include:

  1. Don’t let your vehicle’s gas tank get too low.
  2. Carry a Disaster Supply kit in your trunk.
  3. Let someone know your destination, your route, and when you expect to arrive. If your car gets stuck along the way, help can be sent along your predetermined route.
  4. Pay attention to the weather forecast for your destination and find out what disasters may occur there.
  5. Download our Red Cross apps to have important information on hand for different types of weather disasters and how to handle first aid emergencies.

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The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.
 

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