Whether on your own, with friends, or with your family, road trips are an amazing way to spend the summer. You’ll be exposed to new sights and experiences and will hopefully build happy memories that last a lifetime.
Despite being fun and fulfilling, you must take certain steps to ensure a safe driving experience for yourself and other motorists. Here are a few summer road trip tips to help you avoid a major catastrophe while on vacation.
Visit Your Mechanic Before Leaving
A well-maintained car is also a safe one. Have your mechanic check your tires, braking system, transmission, and other essential components. If there are any issues, be sure to repair them before heading out on your trip. It’s also a good idea to top off fluids and have your oil changed to ensure your vehicle is primed and ready for adventure.
Pack an Emergency Kit
You can’t always avoid on the road emergencies, so it’s best to be prepared for anything. A reliable emergency kit usually includes:
- First-aid supplies
- Non-perishable foods
- Extra blankets and clothing
- Extra cell phone charge
Emergency auto supplies are also crucial. All vehicles should have a jack, tire iron, and functioning spare. Basic tools, like wrenches and screwdrivers, are also helpful. You should also have flares and warning triangles in case your vehicle breaks down on the road.
Make Sure Kids and Pets Are Strapped In
Driving with children, especially young ones, can be incredibly distracting. Make sure kids are fully strapped in, either via a seatbelt or in a car seat. Give them something to occupy their time, such as a tablet or book. As for pets, look for leashes that can attach to seatbelts to keep them restrained. You can also travel with a pet carrier or cage for small dogs or cats. Just make sure you take plenty of breaks to keep pets happy.
Never Drive Drowsy
If you’re traveling with another adult, take turns driving to avoid fatigue and tiredness. If you’re not, be sure to schedule in time to rest during your excursion. Driving drowsy is similar to driving under the influence of alcohol, since it reduces your response time and judgement. It’s better to arrive at your destination a little later than intended than to be involved in a serious accident.
Being a safe, responsible driver can protect you on the road, but you may still fall victim to careless motorists. When injured by the actions of another driver, Martinez, Hart, Sanchez & Romero, P.C. is here to help. We have experience with all types of auto accidents, so we can capably determine the proper amount of compensation for your injuries.