Are you ready to get out of the house, shake off the winter blues, and hit the open road for a summer vacation trip? Are you ready to load up the kids and head out to see what adventure you can find? If so, you are not alone.
Millions of people will be on our roads this summer; therefore, the risk of being in a car accident increases. Whether you are traveling this summer for a family vacation or you are simply going about your daily routine, below are summer driving tips that can reduce the risk of car accidents.
Before You Leave Home
Keeping safe on the road this summer begins before you leave home with proper car maintenance. In order to keep you and your family safe while traveling this summer, you need to ensure your vehicle is operating at peak performance. Your summer safety checklist should include:
- Tires – Check to ensure tires are not overly worn and have sufficient tread to provide traction. Tires should be inflated according to manufacturer’s specifications. Check your vehicle’s owner’s manual for proper tire inflation levels.
- Oil Change – Change your oil according to your vehicle manufacturer’s guidelines but especially before taking a summer trip. When you have the oil changed, ask the technician to check all belts, hoses, filters, and fluids. Replace any worn hoses, belts, or filters and top off all fluids including coolant, brake, transmission, power steering, and windshield washer.
- Wiper Blades – Wiper blades wear over time and must be replaced. Check wiper blades before heading out on a summer road trip so you do not have visibility problems if you run into rain.
- Lights – Check all lights, inside and outside, including brake lights, turn signals, headlights (low and high beams), and emergency flashers. Replace any bulbs that are burned out or dim.
- Air Conditioning – Have your air conditioning system checked and tuned before leaving on summer vacation. Children, senior citizens, and anyone with respiratory problems can be sensitive to heat and the dust/debris that can come through windows that are rolled down while driving.
- Safety Restraints – Check all seatbelts and child safety restraints (i.e. car seats, booster seats, etc.) to make sure everyone in the vehicle is protected in the event of a car accident.
If your vehicle is due for scheduled maintenance in the next few weeks, consider scheduling the tune up and maintenance prior to leaving on summer vacation. This could reduce the risk of being involved in car accidents on your trip.
While On The Road
Now that you have taken steps to ensure your vehicle will be running at top performance, take a few minutes to review tips for staying safe and avoiding car accidents this summer.
- Buckle Up! – Every time you get in the car, buckle up. Adults need to wear seat belts and children need to be in child safety restraints that are age-appropriate.
- Don’t Drink and Drive – Driving while impaired by alcohol and/or drugs is not only against the law, it is dangerous. Avoid car accidents by leaving the driving to a designated driver if you enjoy alcohol on your road trip.
- Limit Distractions – Distracted driving is the most common cause of car accidents. Limit your distractions so that you can focus on the task of driving to keep you, your passengers, and others on the road safe this summer.
- Avoid Drowsy Driving – It may be tempting to drive through the night to get to your destination as soon as possible; however, fatigued or drowsy driving increases your risk for car accidents.
- Obey The Speed Limit – The faster you drive the more you increase your risk of being in a fatal car crash. Obey the speed limit and all traffic laws to decrease the risk of car accidents.
- Take Breaks – Your passengers need breaks but so do you. Take breaks often to get out of the vehicle, stretch your legs, and relax. It will make the trip more pleasant but it will also keep you from becoming fatigued from driving.
- Always Lock Your Vehicle – Any time you exit your vehicle, lock all doors. Thieves look for summer travelers because they know the car will be loaded with luggage and portable electronic devices.
- Carry An Emergency Kit – Put together an emergency kit before you leave home. You can find a checklist for an emergency roadside kit from the NHTSA.
Bloomington Car Accident Attorneys
Unfortunately, even the safest drivers are in car accidents each day. If you have been injured in a car crash, you have the right to receive compensation from the driver who caused the crash. Call the car accidents lawyers of The Ken Nunn Law Office at 1-800-CALL-KEN or 1-800-225-5536 for a free legal consultation. Let us take care of your car accidents claim while you focus on what is important — your recovery.