Summer is finally here, and when the sun is shining, it’s hard to resist being out on the road. Summer is also 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. With so many people taking to the roads, following these tips can help you avoid an accident.
Check Your Vehicle
These are the basics that everyone should be doing, but they are easy to overlook. Check all of the fluid levels in your vehicle before you get on the road.
- Check your oil and coolant levels.
- Make sure that your air conditioning works properly.
- Ensure that your battery and belts are in good shape.
- Make sure your tires are in good condition and are properly inflated.
- If the tread is worn, replace the tires before you get on the road.
- Rotate your tires to ensure that they wear properly.
- Test your headlights, tail lights, and hazard flashers.
- If you have not had your vehicle serviced lately, take it in to get looked at.
Accidents can easily occur due to equipment failures or malfunctions, and if you are stranded on the side of the road you may be at risk of being hit by another vehicle.
Obey Traffic Laws
You may read some of these and say, “no duh,” but some of these are often ignored. Safe driving is essential to ensure that you arrive where you’re going unscathed.
- Do not drive faster than the posted speed limit.
- Be cautious and aware of other drivers on the road. It’s sad to say, but sometimes you have to pay attention for them.
- 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.
- If you’re on a long trip, take rest breaks to stop and stretch, at least every couple of hours.
- Do not drive while you are distracted or impaired.
- Get plenty of rest; driving while fatigued can be just as dangerous as driving while intoxicated.
Finally, be prepared for all situations. You know those moments—when life happens? They can result in more than an inconvenience. Check out our other blog for a complete list of what you should bring with you. If you get into a car accident, call The S.E. Farris Law Firm. With more than three decades of experience, we can get you the compensation you deserve. You can reach us at 314-252-9937, or send us a message to arrange a free consultation.