SACRAMENTO — Summer is road trip time, and California has a number of great destinations to explore by motor vehicle. To help motorists enjoy safe summer travels on the road, the California Highway Patrol reminds the public to take care of themselves and their vehicles during the upcoming hot weather months.
“Throughout the busy summer travel season, safety should never take a backseat; buckle up, designate a non-drinking driver, adhere to the speed limit, and avoid becoming distracted behind the wheel,” said CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow. “Taking a few simple precautions before your road trip is the first step to ensuring everyone has a safe and memorable summer.”
Before traveling this summer, have your vehicle thoroughly checked, with special attention given to these items:
Some additional safety tips to follow before heading out:
According to data from the CHP’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System, nearly 1,000 people were killed in collisions during the summer months (June through September) of 2010 in California. The data also shows nearly 78,000 others were injured in collisions during that same time period.
“The public should take comfort knowing the CHP will be out on the road with them this travel season,” added Commissioner Farrow. “Always remember, a little bit of safety can go a long way on the road for you and your travel companions.”