JACKSON, MISS. – Spring break is drawing close and for many people across the state, especially college students, this means: road trip. The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) says you’ll need to take precautions on the highways and byways during this time, in order to enjoy a fun, safe holiday.
Here’s some tips to have you prepared for whatever may pop up on the road:
Be sure to have your vehicle checked thoroughly. Here are a few pre-trip vehicle checks:
- Check tires for tread wear and proper pressure
- Check your battery
- Make sure belts and hoses are in good shape
- Replace your windshield wiper blades
- Check all brake and head lights
- Make sure air conditioning is working properly
- Equip your vehicle with a first aid kit, flashlight and basic repair tools.
- Also, don’t forget to bring along a spare key. Keep it in a safe place; you never know when you might need it.
Taking a break from the day-to-day does not mean you can be reckless and a danger to others. When you’re on the road:
- No distracted driving— texting, using your cell phone, eating, drinking, talking to passengers- anything that takes your eyes off the road is considered a distraction and should be avoided.
- Buckle up!
- No drinking and driving. If you’re going to drink, hand over the keys to a designated driver.
- Share the road—watch out for pedestrians, bicyclists, motorcyclists, children and animals.
Along with enjoying your break, consider safety and courtesy while traveling to ensure yourself, and fellow travelers, a safe and memorable spring break.
Oh, and don’t forget the fun side of the trip either, says MDOT:
Pack for comfort. Bring things that help you and your passengers have a more comfortable trip.
- Plenty of water and snacks to keep everyone awake, hydrated and happy
- Blankets and pillows
- Tissues, disinfectant wipes and paper towels
- Sunscreen and sunglasses
- Cell phone chargers, tablets, etc.