Summer is the time when most people take family vacations and trips. According to AAA, about 88 million Americans are taking summer vacations this year. About 64% of families traveling this summer plan to travel on the nation’s roads. WalletHub recently published a report of the best states for summer travel. Texas ranked fourth, based on a wide variety of factors. With so many people taking to the roads, it is important to brush up on summer safe driving tips.
Check Your Vehicle
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, NHTSA, recommends that you check all of the fluid levels in your vehicle before you get on the road. Check your oil and coolant levels and make sure that your air conditioning works properly. Verify that your battery and belts are in good shape. If you have not had your vehicle serviced lately, it is wise to take it in for basic service.
Make certain that your tires are in good condition and are properly inflated. If the tread is worn, replace the tires before you head on a road trip. Rotate your tires to ensure that they wear properly. Test your headlights, tail lights, and hazard flashers. Accidents can occur due to equipment failures or malfunctions. If you are stranded on the side of the road you may increase your risk of being hit by another vehicle.
Obey Traffic Laws
Safe driving is essential to ensure that you and your family arrive at your destination without harm. Do not drive faster than the posted speed limit and be cautious of other drivers on the road. Avoid driving during peak hours so you can stay out of regular traffic jams. Drive defensively and allow enough time to get to your destination without having to be worried or stressed.
Get plenty of rest before you start out each day of your trip and do not drive for too long a period of time. Take rest breaks to stop and stretch, at least every couple of hours. Do not drive while you are distracted or impaired. Driving while fatigued can be just as dangerous as driving while intoxicated.
Pack a vehicle safety kit to keep in your trunk. The kit should include some basic safety items as well as some survival items should you be stranded on the road for a period of time. Include a flashlight and flares as well as a “help needed” sign to use if you are in need of emergency assistance. Also pack jumper cables, a tire pressure gauge, jack and spare tire, and work gloves. You may also want to ensure that you have spare fluids for your vehicle as well as for your passengers. Keep some blankets and water bottles in your car in case of an emergency.
Make sure that your cell phone is working and that you bring a car charger. That way you can always call for help if you need to. Keep a first aid kit in your car for minor needs. Carry maps of the locations you will be traveling so you can always find your way, even if your GPS is not functioning.
If you do get into an accident, do not panic. Call the police and wait in a safe location. If you are hurt, always seek medical care, even if it may seem inconvenient. Even minor injuries may worsen if left undiagnosed and treated. Contact an experienced Houston car injury attorney to help you get compensation for your medical bills and damages. Contact the legal team at Baumgartner Law Firm for a free case consultation.
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, NHTSA, https://www.nhtsa.gov/summer-driving-tips