Traveling tips for a safe and happy ride to the beach

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Schools are out, Summer is here and vacation is on the brain. There are no magic spells to make traveling with kids easier. But if you are planning a road trip over the Bay Bridge to the Maryland and Delaware beaches this Summer, make sure you plan ahead and follow a few tips to keep your family safe and entertained.

Timing can be everything and can determine how long your drive will be. Before you leave, make sure to check for 24/7 Bay Bridge traffic updates by calling 1-877-BAYSPAN (229-7726). Visit baybridge.com to view live traffic cameras and follow the Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) on Twitter @TheMDTA.

It’s a good idea to have a few fun road trip games to play with your family to pass time in case you hit some delays. Here are some good ones:

  • Travel Bingo Print out bingo cards with nine objects for each person. Have the front seat passenger call out objects and the first one to get three in a row or a diagonal wins.
  • License Plate Game This is fun for the whole family. The person who gets the most plates collected during the trip wins. You could also make it a little more challenging and see who can collect the most states.
  • Restaurant Race This game makes the time go by quickly! Each person chooses a popular fast food restaurant. Players earn points by spotting their restaurant on billboards, signs, exit markers or by hearing an ad for their restaurant on the radio.
  • I Spy with My Little Eye All ages love this game. One person describes something in or outside the car and the other players have to guess what it is.

Get your trip off to a good start by following the rules of the road and driving safely. The MDTA Police will be enforcing traffic safety laws this Summer. Here are some safe driving tips:

  • Slow down. Obey speed limits.When you are speeding, you have less time to react. Slow down and give yourself more time and space to react to anything happening on the roads.
  • Always wear a seat belt.Make sure everyone in the car is buckled up properly. Seatbelts reduce your risk for serious injury or death on the roads. In fact, 47% of fatal crashes in 2017 occurred when the victim wasn’t wearing a seat belt.
  • Park the phone and focus on driving.Put the cell phone down it is illegal to text and use hand-held cell phones while driving in Maryland. Don’t drive while distracted.
  • Keep a safe following distance. Never tailgate other drivers.
  • Always drive sober. If you are planning to have drinks, make a plan for a sober ride home before you go out.

 

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