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Memorial Day Travel Safety Tips

May 27th, 2011 9:37 PM by Frank Ferrell

As many Floridians look ahead to Memorial Day weekend and the start of the summer travel season, Ferrell Realty is urging drivers to plan ahead and follow important safety tips.

  • Check your vehicle (Examples: check tire condition and pressure, oil and other fluid levels and inspect belts and hoses).
  • Expect the unexpected when out on the road. Pay attention and buckle up.
  • Get plenty of rest before traveling and take regular rest breaks.
  • Be patient and alert to changing road conditions.
  • Plan your travel route and check alternate routes. Have a map.
  • If your vehicle breaks down or you need to change a flat tire, pull completely off the roadway.
  • Please be cautious in areas with taller grass or brush, because hot vehicle components can spark a fire.
  • Don’t drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs (even prescription drugs can limit your ability to safely operate a motor vehicle).
  • Cell phones or satellite devices help in an emergency. Make sure they are fully charged.
  • Obey the posted speed limit and check for changing speed limit conditions.
  • Signal in advance for lane changes and turning maneuvers.
  • Take plenty of food and water.
  • Slow down and be prepared to exit the roadway if extreme weather conditions occur.

Allowing extra travel time is a good idea, too. Unscheduled closures due to crashes or other incidents, including smoke from wildfires, can affect highway travel. Existing work zones for highway improvement projects, even when work is not taking place over holiday weekends, can add time spent on the road.

Have a safe Memorial Day weekend!


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Posted by Frank Ferrell on May 27th, 2011 9:37 PM


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