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Travel Safe for

Spring Break

 

 

 

 

 

Road trips are great fun... friends, laughs, family, new adventures... here are some reminders to make sure you get there safely.

 

Be a Good Passenger

  • Assist the driver as needed. Offer to help navigate, keep the radio volume at a reasonable level and don't "channel jump".

  • Try to keep all interactions at a reasonable level.  The more people in the car, the more distraction there may be from conversations, music, and passengers on phones.

  • If you think there is an emerging danger to let the driver know, but don't shout or scream or try to grab the steering wheel.

  • Don't be a backseat driver.  You can give the driver helpful information, but refrain from being negative or giving commentary about their driving.

Rainy Days and Flooding

  • Spring rain brings slippery road conditions and flooding.  According to the Federal Highway Administration, rain was a culprit of 46 percent of all weather-related crashes from 2002 to 2012, and wet pavement in general accounted for 74 percent.

  • What makes rain and wet pavement so dangerous?  For one, slippery roads reduce your car's handling and increase the distance it takes to stop (up to 4 times normal stopping distance).  Big puddles can also cut down on tire traction and could lead to  hydroplaning.
     

Hail Season

  • Beware of hailstorms, especially if traveling through a hail-belt state - Missouri, Kansas, Colorado (but hail can happen in most states).  Even small hailstones can shatter windshields.

 

Winter Road Wear and Tear  

  • Winter wreaks havoc on the roads. Snow plows, salt, sand and the aftermath of snow and ice can leave roads battered.  Once snow melts away, expect potholes.

 

Animal Activity

  • Animals are incredibly active during the spring. Some are emerging from hibernation, and others are entering mating season.  This means that more animals are crossings roads and highways - many especially deer, are most active at dawn or dusk.

More Motorcycles on the Road

  • Spring also brings motorcyclist out of hibernation. So as the weather gets warmer, be aware of the traffic around you - especially motorcycles.

Sources: Indiana State Police, Federal Highway Administration

 
 

Know road construction and conditions BEFORE you depart by visiting http://www.trafficwise.in.gov/ for up-to-the-minute traffic information, detours and road construction BEFORE you leave.

You may also want to check http//www.weather.com website to find the weather conditions of the interstates and roads you will be traveling.


 

 

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