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Tips for the holiday trip

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Make trip be one to remember, and not in a bad way

Holidays often include trips to a loved one's house — across town, out of the city or even the state. In our excitement, we often jump in the family car and drive off without a second thought. Don't let your trip spoil your holiday.

KNOW EXACTLY WHERE YOU ARE GOING: Don't leave on a whim. Use maps, check out computer travel Web sites or buy a GPS device.

CHECK YOUR VEHICLE: Check engine fluids (oil, water, brake fluid, etc.) Check the tires for wear and proper pressure.

FOR EXTENDED TRIPS: Do not start your trip fatigued by, say, starting out right after working all day or night. If there are other licensed drivers in the car, take turns driving. Try not to get yourself into a tight schedule — "Got to get there by 5 p.m."

WHEN DRIVING: Keep your doors locked and windows up. Unless you know it is an emergency, do not stop for stranded motorists. If you have a cell phone, use it to call for assistance.

IF YOU EXPERIENCE A BREAKDOWN: Pull as far onto the shoulder as possible and turn your emergency flashers on. If you have a cell phone, call a reputable source or law enforcement. If a stranger stops, talk to the person through a partly rolled-down window.

MOST IMPORTANT SAFETY TIP: Pay special attention to driving conditions and traffic situations. Stay aware by scanning in anticipation of what is going on.

REMEMBER: Now that you're at Grandma's, the trip is only half over.

AND DON'T FORGET: Please wear those seat belts.

Chief Doug Pasley, Kenneth City Police Department

Tips for the holiday trip 12/19/09 [Last modified: Saturday, December 19, 2009 3:30am]
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