Road trips are adventures that build memories for many families, but accidents can happen. Prevent mishaps and injuries by preparing for your trip with safety in mind. Here are some tips to help you get ready for your trip.
Get Your Car Ready
Your car will play a big role in keeping your trip safe and on schedule. Before you take the trip, you should give your car a thorough inspection. Schedule necessary maintenance such as oil changes or a tune up. When looking over your car, be sure to check:
- Windshield wipers
Make necessary fixes or replacements, or take your car to your mechanic to have the necessary services performed. Taking the time to get your car ready can prevent breakdowns or accidents.
Pack Your Car
When packing your car, you should think about what you’re packing, as well as the way you’re packing it. Be sure that you have a spare tire for your car, as well at the correct tire iron and a jack. You may also consider purchasing a road safety kit, which contains items like a reflective vest, a flash light, jumper cables, and other tools to help get you back on the road. Don’t forget to pack a basic first-aid kit as well.
When packing your car, take into account your car’s weight limit and where the weight is in the car. Heavy items should be loaded close to the floor, and roof racks or roof-mounted cargo containers should only be used to carry lightweight, bulky items. Placing too much weight on the roof of your car can change the way it handles, and increase the risk that you will lose control or roll over. It is also important to pack emergency supplies and tire changing tools where they can easily be reached if needed. Unloading your entire car on the side of the road probably isn’t your idea of a good vacation memory. Make sure that maps or GPS devices, drinks, snacks, entertainment, and coats are where they can easily be reached during the trip.
Driving with Kids
If your family includes children, you will want to ensure that the trip is hassle-free and relaxing for them too. Be sure to pack favorite treats, plenty of water, games, movies, toys or other items that will help them stay comfortable. Keeping your kids occupied during the drive can help make the drive easier on you and can reduce distractions for the driver.
The final way to prevent accidents on your trip is to observe safe driving habits. Reduce distractions, and ask a passenger to take care of the maps, music, or snacks. Always wear a seatbelt, and follow the rules of the road. Stop for gas before you get too low and take stops to stretch and move around to reduce soreness or strain from the drive. Keep your speeds low and allow plenty of space when navigating unfamiliar highways. If driving at night, in poor weather, or in traffic, be sure to reduce your speed as well.
Vacations should always be worry free, and a little preparation can help keep yours that way. Keep your trip safe and fun by following these tips to prevent accidents. If you are injured, however, an experienced personal injury attorney can help you fight for your right to compensation.
At Mathias Raphael PLLC, we hope that your summer trips are always safe and injury-free. If you or a loved one is involved in an accident, you can trust that our Dallas personal injury attorneys will be there for you. We will help you devise a strategic plan to recover the damages you deserve, and our caring team offers personalized client service to suit your needs.