Summer is just around the corner, so it's time to plan your road trip. Whether you're driving across the country or taking a short trip to visit loved ones, staying safe on the road is crucial. Unfortunately, many people underestimate the risks of car accidents while traveling. According to the National Safety Council, the summer months are the most dangerous time to be on the road.
Prepare Your Vehicle
Before hitting the road:
- Take time to check your vehicle's condition.
- Check your tires for wear and tear and ensure they have enough air pressure.
- Replace your brake pads if worn, and change your oil.
These simple checks can help prevent mechanical issues and protect your family this summer.
Avoid Driver Fatigue
Long drives can be exhausting and cause driver fatigue. To avoid drowsy driving:
- Take breaks every few hours.
- Avoid driving when you're tired or drowsy, which can lead to poor driving performance and reaction times.
- Consider breaking up your trip into shorter drives over several days.
Driver fatigue can cause severe accidents, resulting in serious injuries and even death. If you feel drowsy, take a break or switch drivers.
Do Not Drink and Drive
Driving under the influence is illegal and can lead to severe accidents. After a night out:
- Do not drink and drive or ride with someone who has been drinking.
- Call a designated driver or rideshare service or use public transportation if you drink too much.
Not only can drinking and driving put you at risk for a DUI charge, but it can also risk the lives of those on the road with you.
Stay Focused on Driving
Avoid distractions while driving, such as drinking, eating, or using your phone. If you need to use your phone, use a hands-free device or park somewhere safe. Avoid adjusting your radio or engaging in conversations that take your eyes off the road.
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Get Help, Get Hope
Safety should be a top priority when on the road. If you are in an accident caused by someone else's negligence, our personal injury attorneys at Hope Law Firm can help. Contact us at (515) 298-5056 for a free consultation to learn more about the Hope Law Firm difference and how you can get the compensation you deserve.