Patrol Preparing For Holiday, Summer Travel

During the Independence Day holiday and the following weekend, many individuals will embark on road trips across Kansas, commonly referred to as the Sunflower State. The Kansas Highway Patrol (KHP) emphasizes the significance of safe driving practices during this period and throughout the summer.

Captain Candice Breshears of the KHP encourages motorists to prioritize safety measures while traveling. These include wearing seatbelts, ensuring children are properly secured in child safety seats, and designating a sober driver if alcohol consumption is anticipated. The KHP will increase patrols during the Independence Day weekend, focusing on safe driving practices such as occupant protection, impaired driving, excessive speed, and other traffic violations that could lead to accidents.

Before setting off on their journey, travelers can use KanDrive (www.kandrive.gov) to check for potential delays or construction along their route. KanDrive offers features like camera images, interactive maps, and links to rest areas and travel and tourism sites.

In preparation for summer travel, it’s essential to ensure your vehicle is in good working condition, particularly for the summer heat. This includes checking fluids, tires, air conditioning, and the cooling system. Start your journey with a full tank of gas and a fully charged phone.

Planning your route of travel and checking www.kandrive.gov for construction and other issues can help streamline your travel plans. It’s also advisable to inform a family member of your travel plans.

While on the road, remember to “Move Over” for first responders and highway maintenance crews. If you cannot move over, slow down instead. Keep emergency supplies in your car, such as water, a phone charger, and non-perishable food items, to help you stay comfortable in case of a breakdown.

Ensure everyone in your vehicle is using their seat belt and/or an appropriately fitted child safety seat. If you plan to consume alcohol, arrange for a designated driver ahead of time. Do not drink and drive. If you are hosting a party, provide non-alcoholic drink alternatives for designated drivers.

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