Hammit: Driving safety home — how to prepare for your next road trip

Posted 3/11/21

Spring break is coming up for students across Arizona, and while it’s certainly going to be different than in recent years, many Arizona residents may still be planning to travel on our state’s highways.

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Hammit: Driving safety home — how to prepare for your next road trip

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Spring break is coming up for students across Arizona, and while it’s certainly going to be different than in recent years, many Arizona residents may still be planning to travel on our state’s highways.

Whether you’ve planned a scenic drive or a socially distanced road trip, there are a number of things you can do to prepare.

Anytime you travel in Arizona, you should remember to bring extra drinking water. Don’t forget a fully charged cell phone and a charger, hand sanitizer, wipes and a cloth face covering to protect yourself and others.

I also encourage you to put together a kit to keep in your car that includes items you’d need in a variety of situations, including:

• Emergency travel items, like battery cables, safety flares and a reflective vest

• A first-aid kit that includes pain relievers, disinfectant, bandages and any necessary prescribed medications

• A flashlight with extra batteries

• Snack foods

• A road map

• Extra radiator water, especially if you’re traveling in hot weather and/or driving on highways with dramatic uphill climbs

• Blankets, an ice scraper, a small shovel and a container of sand for traction, if you’re traveling in snowy conditions

Find more road trip safety tips, along with links and advice at azdot.gov. Remember, safety is the top priority — plan ahead and don’t take any chances that could put you and others in danger.

Dallas Hammit is state engineer, deputy director for transportation at Arizona Department of Transporation. Visit azdot.gov.

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