Its summer time and the kids are out of school and it is time that many families head out onto the highways for the annual summer vacation. In this article, a retired police officer, gives you some of his driving strategies for arriving safely and traffic ticket free at your destination this summer. These common sense tips and strategies are applicable wherever you live, whether it is in North America or in other locations around the world. Get the facts about how to not get a ticket while driving in Florida.
Every summer season police see a lot more traffic on the highways. Summer is the busiest time of the year for vacationers towing equipment on the roadways and the influx of campers, recreational vehicle trailers and even towed cars can keep police busy. Here are some tips that will keep you safe and in the good graces of the highway patrolmen. (and ladies)
Summer holidays are like any time of the year and police are looking for the most common types of offences that we would normally see. Police tend to concentrate on the aggressive and the speeding drivers as well as those that may not be paying attention to the rules of the road as closely as they should. Intersection infractions such as failing to stop or proceeding before it is safe to do so can have deadly consequences so officers will be monitoring those situations as well. Drivers will have their progress monitored for signs of impairment by alcohol and drugs such as wandering within the lane, crossing over lines, fluctuations in speed and other indicators.
The summer and cottage seasons see motorists trying to carry as much of their stuff from home to their destination and often there are safety issues as motorists try to take short cuts to get all of their belongings to where they are going. Police are often called when drivers witness items falling off trailers, or there may be problems with the way trailers are moving behind the vehicles that are towing them. Often people lash items in the trunks or to the roof of their cars when they should be using a trailer or a truck.
The Hook Up
The most important part about trailering any type of vehicle is to make sure that the two vehicles are securely hitched together and that the safety chains or tow bars are properly attached. If the hitch mechanism is not properly engaged then the vehicles may separate when there are any bumps in the road. The safety chain may help keep the vehicles together if this situation arises.
The next step is to make sure that the trailer lighting system is working properly in conjunction with the tow vehicle. It is important to make sure that there are not any crossed wires so that a right turn signal really means that you are intending to turn right.
Getting Things Down
Once the tow vehicle and trailer have been attached and the light system checks have been completed, the next step is making sure that things have been securely tied down. Everything should be tied down securely especially any of your ATV’s, quads and boats. These items must be secured so that they do not bounce off of the trailer and cause any danger to oncoming or following vehicles. After you have driven a couple of miles, the driver should pull over and recheck the tie downs to make sure that they are still holding properly.