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ABS Education Alliance Provides Advice for This Weekend's Driving Trips!

3 July 1997

ABS Education Alliance Provides Advice for This Weekend's Driving Trips!

    RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. -- Whether you are driving cross
country with the whole family or to your favorite picnic spot with a friend,
the following safety tips from the ABS Education Alliance will help ensure a
fun, trouble-free journey.
    The most common oversight by weekend warriors is not the sun screen or
insect repellent, but the quick inspection of brakes, tires, oil, windshield
wipers, head and taillights prior to heading out to a favorite recreation
spot.  Particularly during warm months, it's also a good idea to keep extra
coolant, a gallon of water, jumper cables and a flashlight in your vehicle to
prepare yourself for potential break-downs.  Even if you're renting a car,
don't assume it's ready to roll.  A quick check can be even more important
with an unfamiliar vehicle.
    Next, check the weather conditions on your travel route -- heavy wind or
rain, or extreme heat -- can be as risky as winter storm driving.  Fill you
gas tank and make sure you allow plenty of time to reach your destination.
    Now that you are ready to hit the road, use the following tips to help you
arrive safely:

    *  Know your brakes.
    Anti-lock braking systems are one of the most important safety features on
any car.  Does your car -- or your rental car -- have ABS?  If you don't know,
check the dash board -- an "ABS" indicator light should illuminate for several
seconds as you start a car with anti-lock brakes.  It's important to know what
type of brakes you have because vehicles equipped with anti-lock braking
systems require different braking techniques than those with conventional
    Unlike conventional brakes which require drivers to pump the brakes to
prevent skidding, anti-lock brakes do the pumping for you, so all you have to
do is push down hard on the brake pedal and keep firm and continuous pressure
on it -- even if you feel vibrations and hear a grinding noise.  Don't be
alarmed, that means your ABS is in action.  Also, remember to steer your car
away from danger while keeping pressure on the brake pedal.  For additional
information and for a free brochure about anti-lock brakes, call toll free

    *  Kids in back.
    Whether or not your car is equipped with a driver-side airbag, children
are always the safest in the back seat secured by a seat belt.  And remember,
infants are required by law to be placed in a child safety seat.

    *  Don't drink and drive.
    It's easy to get carried away at a barbecue or sporting event, but always
remember the basic fact: If you drink, don't drive.

    *  Obey construction warnings.
    When approaching road construction, always pay attention to speed
restrictions and other information -- and keep an eye out for workers.
    *  If your vehicle breaks down, don't panic.
    Pull as far off the road as possible and use common sense.  Your greatest
personal danger at this point is that of being hit by passing cars.
    Regardless of how many miles you have to drive to reach your destination,
preparing yourself and your car is the key to making your next trip a fun and
safe one.

SOURCE  ABS Education Alliance