UHP encourages drivers to be safe and prepared during Spring Break

Spring Break has arrived in Northern Utah and Utah Highway Patrol Lieutenant Lee Perry said a lot of people will be on the road driving to places where they can ski or where they can go to enjoy warmer weather.

On KVNU’s Crosstalk show Friday, Perry said too many people forget to make sure that their vehicle is ready to go.

“Especially if they’re going to take a trailer out that they haven’t in a long time,” Perry said. “They need to make sure wheel bearings are repacked on it and make sure that the tire pressure and the tires are in good shape.

“And the cars, we encourage people to check the tire pressure in their cars at least once a week and to make sure they have good tread depth and make sure the tires are in good repair.”

Perry continued by saying that the Utah Highway Patrol often sees situations this time of year where people run into trouble with vehicles or trailers that sit dormant through the winter and the biggest problems often arise from issues that are easily preventable.

“We get a lot of people who go out for spring break weekend and they take a car they haven’t driven a lot or haven’t checked the tire pressure on it and suddenly get on a long road trip and suddenly have a tire malfunction.”

Perry also cautioned drivers not to drive fatigued or impaired. He said there is nothing like a crash to ruin a spring break.

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