This spring break may mean many things for you—road trip with friends, lazy days at the beach, or just a needed vacation from school. Whatever the holiday may bring for you, Teens in the Driver Seat wants to make sure you use extra care since you can expect a lot more drivers on the road.
Follow these safety tips when getting ready for your vacation:
- Driving at Night – If you are going on a long trip, where you have to drive at night, take turns driving. Also whoever rides shotgun, stay awake to keep the driver company. Remember that driving while you are tired is just as bad as driving with a blood alcohol content of .08 (which is illegal in most states). Stay alert and keep your eyes on the road at night when you have less warning and reaction time.
- Distractions – On a long road trip, if you stop somewhere to get food, go inside and eat, don’t try to multitask by eating and driving. Plus, it’s a break from the road and can help you be ready for the next leg of the trip. Also, designate a deejay and a texter, so you’re not doing it behind the wheel.
- Speeding – Leave early, so you don’t need to speed to your destination. Enjoy the trip by relaxing behind the wheel. Road rage doesn’t belong on vacation!
- Seat Belt Use – Make buckling up the first thing you do when you get in the car. Road trips increase your time on the road, which also increases your chances of getting into a crash. There will be lots of vehicles on the road so take care of #1 first.
- Drinking and Driving – Simply put, don’t do it. Many places have no refusal (if you’re stopped, you’re tested) and law enforcement increases staff to watch for law breakers. Share the designated driver task with friends or call for a ride. Make plans in advance. Remember, laws don’t take Spring Break, if you’re underage and drinking, you’re in for some hefty fines. If you’re driving, it’ll cost you BIG money and lots of stress you don’t want to carry long after your week off is over.
Have fun this spring break, but play safe and play smart!