Making Traveling Plans

"No one plans to fail; they just fail to plan. "Planning your trip will be one of the most important things you can do. There are many things to consider in order to make your trip as trouble-free and as safe as possible. Many of those things are outlined below.

Plan your route - Figure out which route you plan on taking to get here. Some important questions to ask are:

  • How many miles do I have to drive?
  • What stops do I want to make (visit relatives, see sights, etc.)?
  • Will I have any help driving (spouse, friend)?
  • How much time will I have?
There are several sources of information to tap when planning your trip. Trip planners are available online at sites such as Yahoo! and Lycos. Trip planning services are also available at your local Fleet and Family Service Center and automobile clubs such as AAA.

Make sure your car is ready - One of the last things you want to have happen is for your car to break down on your trip. While it may be impossible to anticipate everything that can go wrong, a little preparation can reduce the possibilities. The Naval Safety Center has a vehicle checklist you can use to identify possible problems. Also on that page is a suggested list of items to keep in your vehicle, especially during a long trip.

Safe driving tips - The recommended driving distance in a day is 350 miles if you are the lone driver. Driving further than this in a day increases your likelihood of being involved in an accident. Recent studies have demonstrated that driving while drowsy (DWD) is more dangerous than drunk driving. So get plenty of rest before you start your driving day. Here are some other safe driving tips:

  • Wear your seatbelt and ensure your passengers are belted in as well.
  • Make frequent stops to combat fatigue.
  • Observe posted speed limits.
  • Increase following distance and/or decrease your speed during adverse driving conditions (darkness, rain, snow, fog).
  • Keep your eyes on the road and look as far down the road as possible./li>
  • Don't let yourself be distracted.
  • Don't use your cell phone will driving - many states have made this illegal.
Directions to CCSG 7 on board USS Ronald Reagan, on Coronado Island From I-5

- Take the Coronado bridge exit, CA-75.
- Continue straight to the Main Gate.
- Turn right on Rogers Rd.
- Turn left on Quay Rd.
- Follow Quay Rd. around to the left.
- USS Ronald Reagan will be on the right at Berth "K".
- Parking for E-6 and below is located on Rogers Rd. It is the covered parking structure right before Quay Rd, on the right-hand side.
- Chief's and Officer parking is located in front of USS Ronald Reagan; on the opposite side of Bay Rd.

While ship is underway INBOUND personnel will report to Transient Personnel Unit (TPU), located in Building 3142 at Naval Station San Diego. You can reach the TPU OOD at (619) 556-4829 or (619) 556-3169. If you require transportation from San Diego International Airport to the 32nd Street (Naval Station San Diego) base, the airport USO will assist you in contacting the duty driver.