As you gear up to get on the road for summer vacation, you should take the time to be aware of safe driving practices that will keep you and your family safe behind the wheel. Summer is a time when more people are traveling on the road—especially teenagers who may not be as cautious when they are in the driver’s seat. Here are some safe travel reminders to follow this summer from Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center .
Never drink and drive
Driving under the influence highly increases the chances of being involved in a fatal collision, so it is always best to call a cab or use a designated driver when summer festivities involve alcohol. If you are the parent of a teenage driver, you might consider writing a driving contract for your teen with a clause prohibiting driving under the influence and driving at times when DUI incidents are the most likely—between the hours of midnight and 4 a.m.
Always focus on the road
Traveling with young members of the family can make it challenging to keep your eyes on the road. To keep distractions low so that you can maintain your focus, bring plenty of books and car-friendly games for your kids to keep them entertained during long drives.
Use proper safety gear
Seatbelts are essential for all passengers in the car, even on short car rides. When children are in the car, they should be seated in the backseat and have car seats or booster seats that are appropriate for their age and height. If your summer vacation includes the use of recreational vehicles, be sure to wear helmets and other safety equipment that is fitted for each rider.
If car accident or other travel injuries do occur during your summer recreation, you can rely on the rapid care available 24/7 at the Emergency Department at Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center. To stay connected with us all summer, download our iTriage app for your smart phone or tablet. You can also reach us on our website or at our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (805) 497-2727.