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Spring Break is Just Around the Corner: MDOT Has Tips to Keep You Safe

Courtesy of MDOT.

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
  • Umbrella
  • Cell phone chargers, tablets, etc.

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