Car accidents can occur at any time and at any place- without warning. While accidents can happen in a split second, the seconds after are the ones that change your life forever. It is now prime vacation season and if you have an upcoming trip coming up with your family, we want you to know the best tips for safe travel. Today we want you to take 5 minutes of out your day to read all of our tips from Walker Wallace Law, so that you can feel safe and protected while on the road this summer.
5 Travel Tips To Follow This Summer
1. Do A Vehicle Inspection/Servicing Before You Depart
Before any type of traveling, it is important to check your vehicle to ensure all parts are functioning properly. These are the basic safety checks you should make before hitting the road:
- Check Tire Pressure, Tread, and A Spare– The pressure in your tires can deflate naturally over time without actually puncturing the tire itself. If it is colder in temperature outside of your car hasn’t been run in 4+ hours, the tires can deflate before they fill back up with air over the course of driving. Tread can also wear down without a driver being aware of it. We suggest keeping always keeping a spare tire in your trunk in the case that you do get a flat tire while traveling. Make sure your spare tire also has appropriate tread and air pressure.
- Keep Your Vehicle Cool- Check your radiator and engine coolant levels before departing on your vacation. Especially during the summer months, leaks can occur more often and you do not want to be stuck without A/C or have your engine overheat while driving.
- Check Your Lights- Make sure that all lights inside and on the outside of your vehicle are working properly, including:
- Brake lights, headlights, emergency flashers, turn signals, and all interior lights.
- Ensure all fluid levels are at the correct level- Check your oil, brake, transmission, power steering, and windshield washer fluids so that you do not run out while traveling to/from your vacation destination. If it has been a while since your last oil change, now is the perfect time!
2. Avoid Driving at Night
If you are traveling via car for your vacation this year, we recommend avoiding night travel. It is more dangerous than driving during the day due to impaired vision, lack of range, and can be easier to fall asleep at the wheel. All of these aspects of night travel can cause improper driving skills and are likely to cause an accident to occur. Driving during the day can be easier to follow along with the flow of traffic, provide optimum vision, and allow the driver to be more aware of their surroundings.
3. Pack an Emergency Kit to Keep In Your Car
Emergencies do occur while on the road. It is best to be prepared by having an emergency tool kit within reach during any traveling or trip. Some of the items we suggest keeping in your kit include:
- Cell phone/charger
- First aid kit
- Caution cones
- Jumper cables
- Tire pressure gauge
- A jack/mat to use for changing a tire
- A change of clothes & shoes
- Basic repair tools, duct tape, and rope
- Water, paper towels, and hand sanitizer
- Nonperishable food, drinking water, and medicine
- Extra windshield washer fluid
- Maps- because technology fails us at times
- Emergency blankets, towels and coats
4. Make Safety Your #1 Priority
Whether you are a passenger or the driver, safety should be your #1 priority while on the road. Make sure that you and every other passenger in the vehicle is wearing their seatbelts. If there is an infant in the car, make sure that they are sitting in their correct carseat, booster, etc. for maximum safety and security. If you are traveling with children, make sure that they stay seated throughout the entire drive and do not engage in behavior that is distracting to the driver.
5. Stay Alert and Avoid Dangerous Driving Practices
As the driver, it is your job to keep your yourself and all other passengers safe. We mentioned some of the best safety practices above. However, here are some additional tips for vacation travel:
- Do not use your cell phone while driving.
- Caffeinate before heading out.
- Listen to the radio or talk with other passengers to stay alert and focused.
- Be mindful of other cars and pedestrians on the road.
- Do not get behind the wheel if you are impaired to drive.
- Do not speed or go over the speed limit.
We hope this blog will serve as a guide to safe traveling this summer if you driving to your vacation spot. Motor vehicle accidents happen in the blink of an eye and have long-term effects on all involved. Walker Wallace wants YOU to stay safe and smart while on the roads this summer. If you or your loved one has been involved in a motor vehicle accident and need assistance with the legal process or someone to represent your case– contact us now. We would love to help win your case!