Press Release Date:
June 3, 2003
|| Archived July 31, 2003
SPRINGFIELD, IL - The summer months mean many families will be leaving on vacation, and the Illinois State Police reminds travelers of the following safety precautions they can take to make their vacation safe and enjoyable.
Inform family members or friends of your planned routes of travel and itinerary. Plan alternate routes of travel in the event the primary one is closed due to road construction or some other unforseen problem.
Complete a pre-trip inspection of your vehicle prior to departure or have a mechanic check the vehicle. Make sure the belts and hoses are in good condition, the tire pressure is at the proper level in order to improve fuel mileage, and don’t forget to check the air pressure in the spare tire. Replace windshield wipers that have not been replaced within the previous six months.
Carry a cell phone (and charger) for instant communication in the event of a breakdown or some other emergency. As you travel, be aware of what route you are on and the last mile marker passed so authorities will have an idea of your location in the event you do report trouble.
A few precautions such as these can help make your vacation trouble-free.