Planning a Road Trip?

Family planning a road trip.

Follow the steps below to help make your road trip safe and fun:

 

 

While traveling, keep these pointers in mind. 

 

Travel Checklist

  Check Your Vehicle

  • Top off all fluids in your vehicle and check the tire pressure, especially when heading north to colder climates.

      
  • Make certain you safely secure items placed in a roof rack.

  • Even properly maintained vehicles break down. Equip your vehicle with an emergency kit.

  • Have your radiator, air conditioning system, tires, belts, hoses and steering checked by a professional before hot weather arrives.

Plan for Emergencies

Keep at least one gallon of drinkable water in the trunk of your vehicle.

For the Family

  • Keep reading and writing materials available for children who may become bored in traffic tie-ups.

  • The elderly and people with health conditions affected by prolonged exposure to heat may want to consider acquiring a cellular telephone.

Stay Alert

Because driver fatigue is a major cause of accidents, get plenty of rest the night before. To combat driver fatigue on the road, stop at a safety rest area for a 15-minute break every two to three hours. 

Tune Your Radio

Listen to Advisory Radio for the latest traffic update:  

Richmond -  AM 1620 
Tune to radio AM 1620 within a four- to five-mile radius of:

  • I-95 in Ashland (exit 92)
  • I-95 in Chester (exit 61)
  • I-95 in Carson (milepost 40)
  • I-64 in Oilville (exit 167)
  • I-64 in Bottoms Bridge (exit 205)

Northern Virginia - AM 1620
Tune to radio AM 1620 within a four- to five-mile radius of:
- I-95 in Aquia/Garrisonville
- I-95 from Route 123 through Springfield to the Woodrow Wilson Bridge.

Hampton Roads AM - 610
Tune to radio AM 610 for tunnel information within a five- to seven-mile-radius of the Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel and the Downtown Tunnel in Norfolk. 

Side-tracked?

  • If stopped for an extended period, turn off your car engine to avoid over-heating.
     

  • Do not assume that you can make it to your destination when car troubles arise. Have your car checked out immediately.
     

  • If having trouble with your vehicle when en route, move to a lane that offers safe, easy access to an emergency lane or pull off the road. Stay there until assistance arrives.

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Page last modified: Oct. 14, 2012