5 Tips for a Safe Summer Road Trip

With many planning trips for this summer season it has never been more important to review some tips that will help keep you and your family safe while on the road.

  1. Get prepared- Performing a few tasks before embarking on your trip can help reduce the likelihood of distractions or safety hazards. Prior to your trip, inspect your vehicle to ensure that your car is safe for travel and that your car is up to date with regular maintenance. Check and see if the lights on your vehicle are functioning properly. Also, remember to see if your tires are properly inflated and have good tire tread.

    On the day of your trip, remember to program the navigation system before leaving. Additionally, make sure that your car’s hands free devices are working to avoid unnecessary distraction from incoming calls.

  2. Follow the rules of the road- The NHTSA, in 2012, reported that speeding was a factor in 10,219 deaths. Even though people are in a rush to get to their destination quickly, making sure to buckle up, and obey speed limits and traffic signs can help keep you and your family safe while on the road.
  3. Stay focused- Many things can distract drivers while behind the wheel of a car, and these distractions can endanger the safety of the individuals in the car and bystanders. Distractions can range from texting or talking on a cell phone to eating or drinking while driving. According to studies, 80% of crashes involve some sort of distraction. In order to limit these distractions it is important to keep your eyes on the road and limit the occurrences of things that impair your focus. If you find yourself unable to concentrate, take a pull over and take a break.
  4. Be predictable- Let the other drivers on the road know what your next move is. Here are a few things that can help make you more predictable.
    • Be sure to use your turn signals when turning or changing lanes.
    • Flashing your brake lights and gradually slowing down can also help make you a more predictable driver.
    • Giving adequate warnings to the drivers around you can help reduce the likelihood of a crash.
  5. Don’t panic- If an accident does occur, do not panic. Make sure to immediately call for medical help if someone is injured. Always call the police so that there is legal documentation of the accident. Don’t forget to take pictures of the accident and get the insurance, vehicle, and contact information from the other parties involved. Report the accident to your insurance agent and call an attorney for legal advice as soon as possible.

As your summer vacation approaches, from all of us at Colombo Law we hope that you have a safe and fun vacation.

by Colombo Law
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