Road Trip Travel Preparedness
Be sure to check road and pass conditions when traveling out of Ashland. The following sites give road closures and delays due to weather, accidents and construction:
- Oregon Road/Pass Conditions www.tripcheck.org or call 511
- California Road/Pass Conditions www.caltrans.org or call 1-800-427-7623
- Washington Road/Pass Conditions www.wsdot.wa.gov/traffic or call 1-800-695-7623
In addition to checking the road and pass conditions the following things should be done prior to any road trip
√ Ensure that your vehicle is in good shape for driving. Check you tire tread and pressure, windshield wiper blades, all of your lights, brakes, and fluids including antifreeze.
√ Check in when you arrive and depart. In hazardous weather, let someone know your route, destination and estimated time of arrival.
√ Always, always keep a well-stocked emergency kit in every vehicle.
Recommended contents include:
- Water and high energy/calorie food
- Flares, First aid kit and necessary medications
- Maps and compass or GPS
- Gloves, sturdy shoes and warm socks
- Flashlight, light sticks, extra batteries
- Blankets/space blankets for warmth, hand warmers
- Rain gear and extra clothing
- ABC type fire extinguisher
- Shovel, car chains, traction mats, kitty litter for ballast or traction if you get stuck
- Battery powered radio and extra batteries, charger for cell phone
- Tools, spare fuses, lighter
√ Always keep your fuel tank above half full. You never know when you might be stuck in traffic on a mountain pass and need to keep your car running for heat
When you are embarking on an exciting adventure in a foreign country, for your safety it is important that you know what to do if a disaster arises. Imagine if a disaster strikes while you are in a foreign country, and not knowing what to do or where to go. This is why planning for the unexpected is as important as booking your flight.
Here are some simple steps you can take to help you if a disaster strikes when you are out of the United States.
- Register your trip with the State Department at www.Travel.State.gov. Registration will make your where abouts known in case it's necessary to contact youduring an emergency, such as an earthquake. In addition, you will receive up to date information on security conditions.
- Write down important information, and keep it in a secure place. Don't only rely on your cell phone or laptop to store your emergency contact numbers, etc. Keep a hard copy back-up on you. You never know where you might be when a disaster strikes.
- Know the location and how to contact the closest US Embassy or US Consultants. This is where you need to go to get help leaving the country especially if the airports have been closed. After a catastrophic event, is not the time to be asking for directions to the closest US Embassy. Every time you travel into a new region, look up the address and write it down.
- Prepare for National Disasters which occur in that region. Take five minutes to go to www.Fema.Gov/plan and review what you need to do for those specific disasters prior to traveling.
This provides a snapshot of being prepared for travel outside of the United States. For more information, tips and forms, please visit www.studentsabroad.state.gov or http://travel.state.gov/travel/. Unfortunately, natural and manmade disasters can and do happen. Taking a little time to be prepared before you travel may help save your life.
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