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Tips for a safe spring break trip

Tribune Staff • Mar 27, 2018 at 4:00 PM

For many local families, spring break is a time to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life — not to mention the cold — and head someplace warm. 

There are precautions that should be taken prior to hitting the road. 

Public safety officials offered some advice for people who are traveling — which, for local schools, runs from April 2-6. 

Before leaving on an extended road trip, they recommend getting your vehicle checked out and stocking it with an emergency kit. That kit should include the following: jumper cables, flashlight, blankets, water and snacks, a first aid kit, a signal device like a road triangle, pocket knife and basic tools, fire extinguisher, rain gear, and rope.

They also suggest checking the vehicle’s spare tire and jack in case of a flat.

“If you break down, pull off the road as far as possible,” Grand Haven Public Safety Director Jeff Hawke said for a previous Tribune article. “Use caution if you have to change a tire. The risk is much greater at night.”

When driving between states or across borders, the road rules may vary slightly.

“Pay close attention to changes in speed limits,” Hawke said. “And use extra caution in construction zones.”

Using a GPS or a maps program on your cellphone can help alert you to upcoming traffic problems and construction.

Once you reach your destination, Hawke suggests familiarizing yourself and your family with fire exits and fire escape plans in hotels or motels.

“Don’t let young kids use elevators or go unsupervised in the motel,” he said.

It’s also important to ensure personal safety while on vacation.

“Walk in groups and stay in well-lit areas,” Hawke said. “Pay attention to your surroundings.”

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