Police: Check vehicles and equipment before embarking on road trips

Drivers should only drive when they are well-rested, not distracted
Published: Mar. 18, 2021 at 10:25 AM MDT
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TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) — Following Monday’s crash and rescue effort the Intestate 84, the Idaho State Police remind drivers to make sure they and their vehicles are up to the task ahead of any spring road trips.

Drivers should only drive when they are well-rested, not distracted by a mobile device, or under the influence of a mind-altering substance.

Additionally, drivers should double-check their vehicle and equipment are not damaged prior to the start of a long-distance drive.

The combination of warmer weather and asking vehicles to tow a load can lead to increased vehicle mechanical issues.

“We’re starting to ask our vehicles to tow trailers, go places and do things, and there’s going to be more and more heat which can add to the stress of the vehicle,” said Lt. Robert Rausch with ISP. “It’s really important to make sure that your tires are good and your connections for your trailers and all of that are good.”

Rausch said it is important to drive not only to the conditions on the road but to a person’s experience level, as well. He emphasized the need to be cautious during lane changes, especially when passing commercial vehicles.

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