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Remodeled Caltrans Website for Planning Safer Road Trips

December 31, 1969

Preparing for a road trip can be one of the most important moves you make before venturing out. We're not talking about making sure you've packed your bathing suit, but rather about making sure that you've got the safest and most effective way to get to your destination. This can easily be done through the California Department of Transportation's (Caltrans) Planned Lane Closures website.
The website recently got an upgrade and will now help motorists to access information regarding planned lane closures on highways across the state. This is going to help motorists to avoid dangerous construction areas, traffic delays and in to make more efficient route decisions. Not only will this help you to stay safe out there, it's going to help to make sure your travel isn't stressful. Our Costa Mesa car accident attorneys are asking travelers to go out with a plan and to go out with the knowledge that's going to keep you safe!

"This information will allow travelers to adjust their trip plan so they can get where they're going more quickly," said Malcolm Dougherty, Caltrans' Director.

In addition to planning out your route, you're going to want to take all of the proper safety precautions to help to make sure that you don't run into any other problems. Review the following list before heading out on your next road trip.

Preparing to a Road Trip:

-Make sure you have your vehicle checked out before a long road trip. Be sure you check the condition of your tires, including the tread. You also want to make sure that you check the fluids under the hood. Check that your headlights and taillights are working properly.

-Make sure that you know where you're going before you head out. You don't want to be messing with road maps or GPS devices while behind the wheel. If you happen to get lost, ask a passenger to help you out or pull over and gather your directions.

-Make sure you've always got an emergency kit in your vehicle. You never want to get stranded without bottled water, nonperishable food items or a first-aid kit.

-Leave for your trip with plenty of time to spare. Although you may have planned out your trip to avoid lane closures and traffic delays, accidents happen and you can wind up a little behind schedule. That's why if you leave early and allow yourself with more time, your chances of running behind are less likely and you'll be less likely to rush.

-Get a good night's sleep the night before you head out. According to the NHTSA, driving while drowsy is a contributing factor in 100,000 accidents each and every year. Drive only when well rested, and switch off with another adult every few hours, if possible.

-Avoid driving when your body would normally be sleeping. This also increases your risks for a drowsy driving car accident.

-Pay attention! If you feel yourself getting tired, pull over at a safe location and take a break; of course, if you are traveling with another licensed driver, it may be a good time to let them drive while you rest!

If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, contact HOWARD LAW P.C. for a free and confidential consultation to discuss your case. Call (800) 872-5925 today.

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