With summer just a few short weeks away, thousands of families are planning their first big road trip of the year. No matter where you and your family are planning on visiting this year, summer road trips mean long hours, lots of fun and, unfortunately, sometimes danger. Having so many people on the road at the same time drastically increases the likelihood of accidents, putting your family at risk of being hurt in a car accident. If you’re planning a summer road trip, read on to find out some driving tips to keep your family safe and to help you avoid being hurt in a car accident.
Give Your Car a Full Maintenance Check
Having a break down is the worst scenario for anyone planning a long summer road trip, and this is especially true for families. Breaking down on the side of the road and possibly stranding you and your family in a hot car is not an good option, which is why you should make sure your car is in full working order before you hit the highway. Take your car in for a service check to make sure there are no hidden issues waiting to pop up at the wrong time. Not only will this give you peace of mind, it will keep your family safe.
Ensure All Your Safety Features Are Functioning
If you’ve ever gone on a long trip, then you know how important a checklist can be to make sure you pack everything necessary to have a good time. You should also make a safety check list for your car. Check to make sure that your wipers are in working order, as well as your tires. It’s also important to be aware of your fluid levels and to be certain that your cooling system isn’t going to conk out when the heat rises. Checking all of these items off your list will keep your family riding in safety and comfort.
Practice Passenger Safety, Especially for Children
Setting a good example for your children is your biggest responsibility as a parent, and this task should continue on your road trip. Make sure that you and all of your passengers are properly buckled into seatbelts for the entire trip, no exceptions. If you have small children, make sure that they are in approved car seats so that they have enough protection in the event of an accident. Safety is an activity the whole family must participate in to ensure that your trip will a secure and enjoyable time for everyone involved.
Be Alert and Aware Throughout Your Trip
Safety experts have determined that driving distracted or tired is just as dangerous as driving impaired, making it imperative that you stay alert for the duration of your road trip. If you’re feeling tired don’t keep trying to drive just for the sake of time. Pull off the road when you need a rest. It might make your trip longer, but you’ll stay safe.
You should also avoid the biggest distractions on a long road trip: your phone and your radio. Answering a call, replying to a text or finding the perfect song all are secondary compared to your safety. Keep your hands on the wheel and save everything else for later.
Hire an Attorney If You’ve Been Hurt in a Car Accident
No matter how much precaution you take on your family summer road trip, you can’t control the other drivers on the road. As safe as you are, you may still be hurt in a car accident thanks to the negligence of another driver. In these unfortunate circumstances you deserve to be compensated. To get your just compensation after you’ve been hurt in a car accident, you need to hire the Law Offices of Peter N. Davis. Peter and his associates will fight for you so that you can move on from your accident the way you want. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.