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WHAT DOES SAFETY-WISE SAY ABOUT FIELD TRIPS (CONTD.)

Transportation and Travel [52]

Auto Accident Facts [52-53]

Trip Planning Checklist [54]

Review trip planning tips throughout Safety-Wise.

Review your council's policies and procedures for trips.

File trip plans according to your council's procedures.

Check with your councils for insurance limits needed by drivers.

Obtain insurance information from drivers.

If renting vehicles, check with your council for procedures.

Talk with all drivers about safe driving tips. In addition, discuss your expectations and the girls' expectations for the trip.

Establish realistic schedules for the trips and safe places to stop for breaks along the way.

Plan rest stops at least every two hours.

Review council emergency procedures.         

Give important passenger information to each driver.

Recruit an adequate number of adults to supervise girls and to relieve drivers on long trips.

Discuss the trip thoroughly with the girls and agree on the ground rules.

Establish that girls must not ride in the back of pickups or other trucks.

Plan the route to the destination, obtain maps, and have toll money readily available, if needed.

Prearrange meeting places for vehicles on the trip. There should be no driving in caravans or convoy formation.

Plan to drive in daylight hours.

Check cars for the number of factory-installed seat belts. There must be a seat belt for every rider.

When using a cellular phone in an emergency, pull completely off the road and stop, set the emergency parking brake, and turn on flashers before dialing.

Ask drivers to check all lights, signals, tires, windshield wipers, horns, and fluid levels before the trip.

Plan to drive with the headlights on.

Do not start a trip if bad weather will impair visibility and reduce safety.

Place a first-aid kit in each vehicle.

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