Top Tips For Summer Road Trips
- May 9, 2013
- Car Accidents
You already know that planning a road trip takes loads of time and patience. And while you may be worrying about how many pairs of shorts and socks to bring, our Dallas car accident attorneys would like you to take a moment to consider the essential road trip item you may have forgotten about: a safety checklist.
The good people at AAA have compiled a list of important car trip safety tips. They know that proper car safety means more than checking your mirrors as you back out of the driveway and that too many times we rush to pack and get on the road, forgetting just how crucial safety preparations are.
Safety Experts Provide Top Tips for Summer Road Trips
It is important that you plan for the safety of your trip weeks before you get on the road. The following tips encompass every aspect of your trip so begin checking them well before you set off.
Before you hit the highway:
- If needed, get your vehicle serviced well before you plan to leave. This will allow any repairs to be made before you get going. Be sure you tell your mechanic that you are going on a trip so that they do a thorough check.
- Double check tire pressure, antifreeze, oil, and washer fluid levels.
- Create or check the supplies in your emergency roadside kit. At a minimum, your kit should include: cell phone charger, flashlight and extra batteries, first-aid kit, water, battery cables, emergency reflectors and flares, and non-perishable snack items.
- If you are at all unsure about the installation of your car seats or boosters, take your car into a car seat safety check to ensure they are properly installed.
While packing the car:
- Always stow loose items in the trunk when possible. If you crash, any loose item can fly through the vehicle at a high rate of speed, potentially causing serious injuries.
- Pack big, heavy items first.
- When you can, use a net or strap to hold down items in the cargo portion of your vehicle. This will keep them in place during a crash or sudden stop.
- Don’t put items so high that they block your view. Being able to see out all of the windows is crucial.
- If you can’t fit it all in the car, consider a top carrier. Ensure that this is strapped securely to the luggage rack and that the luggage rack is anchored securely to your vehicle.
- Don’t skimp on the sleep. Driving while overly tired is a dangerous as drunk driving.
- Travel during the day to avoid dangerous nighttime driving conditions.
- Take breaks and switch drivers if possible. This will help keep you rested and alert.
- Make sure that everyone in the car is secured properly. This means car seats and booster for children and a harness or kennel for your pets.
The staff and attorneys at the Dallas injury attorneys of Guajardo & Marks hope that the safety tips listed above help keep you and your family safe. If you have any questions, or if you need to know more about your rights as a Texas highway accident victim, do not hesitate to call us at 972-774-9800. We are serious about the law and about getting our clients the compensation they deserve.