Summer Road Trip Safety Tips

During the summer, the roads are more congested as people travel and enjoy summer vacations. This may ring true even more this summer, as COVID-19 may convince families to take a vacation outside. This means you’re at higher risk of an accident than at any other time of year. In order to increase your safety while traveling this summer, there are several steps you need to take, whether you’re driving your family car or renting an RV.

1. Prepare Beforehand

Before you go on your road trip, it’s important to have your car serviced and inspected. You may need to change the oil, rotate the tires, and check the spare tire to ensure it is in good condition. Furthermore, you need to check all fluid levels in your car, such as the freon for the air conditioning system. It’s also important to store a first aid kit in the car, and to check the weather conditions of where you are driving. By preparing beforehand, you can increase your safety and comfort on the road. If you’re renting an RV, make sure it has been inspected and none of its parts have been recalled for defects.

2. Practice Safe Driving Habits

With more people on the road during summer, the risk of a traffic accident increases. That is why it is essential to practice defensive driving habits. You need to go a safe and legal speed, use your turn signals properly, and maintain a safe distance between your car and the car in front of you. You also need to use your headlights at night or in inclement weather, and avoid hovering in the blind spots of other drivers. By exercising caution and obeying all federal and state traffic laws, you can help avoid an accident and enjoy a safe road trip.

3. Avoid Drowsy & Distracted Driving

While road trips are fun, they can also be exhausting. Driving through the night is especially dangerous. The best thing to do is to plan your route so you can stay in a hotel or a friend's house each night. Getting plenty of sleep and taking turns driving can help you avoid an accident. In addition, you need to avoid distractions, and have a passenger check your phone, monitor the GPS, and change the radio or air conditioner controls for you. Keeping your hands on the wheel, your eyes on the road, and your mind focused on driving can increase your safety while traveling this summer.

Seeking Justice for You

Even if you are personally prepared to drive on the road and practice safe habits, that won’t stop another negligent driver from causing an accident. Unfortunately, you can’t control the negligent actions of another individual. If you or your loved ones have been injured in a car accident caused be carelessness or recklessness, call the Law Office of Robert J. Kaiser for dedicated representation. With more than two decades of experience, we’ve been able to recover damages for clients so they can heal and move on with their lives. Whether you have mounting medical bills, property damage, pain and suffering, and/or lost wages to make up for, we can secure your entitled compensation so your financial burdens become a thing of the past.

Contact the Law Office of Robert J. Kaiser online or by phone at (661) 441-3446 today for a free consultation if you or your loved ones have been injured in a motor vehicle accident. Our car accident attorney can help you heal through strong legal advocacy.