California Office of Traffic Safety Releases Tips on How to 'Arrive Alive'

Jun 07, 2010, 13:12 ET from California Office of Traffic Safety

SACRAMENTO, Calif., June 7 /PRNewswire/ -- The summer season has arrived. The kids are free, vacation plans are booked and it's time to hit the road for fun and relaxation. Or maybe you're still in commute mode, the weather is heating up and taking its toll on you and the car. This weekend, before you pack your car for vacation or get ready for a new work week, the California Office of Traffic Safety has tips and reminders to "Arrive Alive."

Vehicle Safety

  • Check the tires, including the spare – proper inflation and good tread can save money, time and lives.
  • Inspect the engine, battery, hoses, belts and fluids for wear and proper levels. Check the A/C.
  • Do a "once around" – test all the lights, wipers and clean the windows (inside and out).
  • If you're not sure of what to do, consider a quick inspection by a qualified technician. A few dollars can mean peace of mind and safe arrivals.
  • Prep an Emergency Roadside Kit –

Traveling with Children

  • Parents, grandparents and caregivers, use the correct seat for your small ones and get it installed properly. Visit and
  • Remember that long trips can be especially tough on your kids.
  • Stopping along the way makes the trip easier and could be an adventure too!
  • Books, toys, DVDs and video games will keep them occupied and the driver focused.

Tips for Staying Focused

  • Don't use the cell phone and don't text – Distracted Driving is deadly!
  • Share the driving to avoid fatigue.
  • Rest – driving while drowsy can be fatal.
  • Schedule your trip to allow for frequent breaks.
  • Stop for food or beverages. Don't eat while driving.
  • Take time to pull over at rest stops to stretch your legs and focus your head.
  • Plan, map and time your trip ahead of time and let others know of your plans.
  • Don't fall into the trap of driving while angry – aggressive driving kills.

Summer Heat Alert!

  • Remember: Never leave children & pets unattended in parked vehicles.
  • Even on a relatively cool summer day, temperatures inside a vehicle can soar and your loved ones can die from heatstroke.

Safety First and Always

  • Buckle Up. Every Trip. Every Time.
  • If you have a flat tire, engine problems or a fender bender, drive out of traffic lanes and off the highway if possible – freeway shoulders are not safe for repair work.
  • You will encounter roadwork, delays & detours – "Slow for the Cone Zone."
  • Always plan ahead, use a Designated Sober Driver.
  • If you see drunk or dangerous drivers, it is legal and encouraged for you to call 911.

If travelers heed these safety tips, it will help keep you, your family and our roads safe during these summer months. This effort is part of the on-going California Strategic Highway Safety Plan, where hundreds of state and local agencies, advocacy groups and private industries help develop tactics to significantly reduce deaths and injuries. For more traffic safety information log on to or visit

Media Notes: Please visit the OTS Web Site for our resource guide for building an Roadside Emergency Safety Kit

SOURCE California Office of Traffic Safety