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3/11/2013 - Spring break road trip? Auto safety tips to remember

College organizations and other groups have been supplied driving safety information by the NHTSA.

Officials at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration are supplying college clubs, church functions and other groups with some vehicle safety recommendations before they hit the road during spring break.

The NHTSA says that while it's often more convenient for large groups to travel together in one vehicle, it's important not to overload these passenger vans, as it increases the risk of being involved in a rollover accident due to improper weight distribution.

Another crucial tip is making sure the tires are filled with enough air. Tires that are improperly inflated can lead to excessive wear and tear. As a result, NHTSA says motorists can diminish their risk for accidents by installing tires that are no older than 10 years old.

Other things that should be properly maintained are the suspension and steering components of a vehicle, NHTSA asserts. It may be a good idea to review the car manual to get an idea of when they should be serviced.

And if a breakdown occurs, one of the most important things to do is to pull the vehicle to the side of the road as quickly and safely as possible. Once there, apply the parking brake and turn on the emergency hazards so other commuters can see the vehicle. If you've been involved in an accident, motion the other driver to pull up to a safe spot ahead.

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