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Summer Road Trip Safety

Steve Wagner

Straight from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, if you’re planning to hit the road for a vacation this summer, there are a few things you need to check off your list before you pile in the car. NHTSA suggests:

  • Checking your oil and getting regular maintenance performed before you head out for your trip
  • Check for vehicle recalls before you go. You can look up recalls on the NHTSA’s website.
  • Make sure all passengers have proper safety buckles and restraints. This includes adult passengers, and those small enough to be in car seats. (Check out the infographic below if you aren’t sure of car seat guidelines.)
  • Make a pact with your other passengers to help each other avoid distractions. Help each other stay awake during long driving stretches, remind the driver to not pick up their cell phone, and make additional stops for eating.
  • Make sure to observe the “move over” laws. If you see law enforcement, or official vehicles of any kind, move over into the next lane (if possible) and slow your speed to avoid an accident with the stopped vehicles.
  • Don’t drink and drive. Period. Ever. You will endanger your own life, as well as the lives of all those you encounter on the road. It’s not worth it.

We’ve got a few additional tips we’d like to add to their list, for instance:

  • Prepare an emergency kit for your car. We recommend jumper cables, some basic car care equipment (tools, oil, washer fluid, etc), and emergency snacks, water and first aid supplies in case you get stranded somewhere.
  • Make sure you get plenty of rest before a long drive. Driving tired is just as dangerous as driving drunk.
  • Plan your route before you take off, and have a navigator in the car with you who can help you with directions so you are not distracted by maps or cell phones.
  • Never, ever leave a child alone in a car. The hot summer sun can heat up a car and make it dangerous for a child within just a few seconds. No matter how much easier it is for you to just “leave them in the car for a second” to run an errand or take a bathroom break, do not be tempted by it. Dozens of children die every year from being left in a hot car, and it happens much faster than you would think.

Wagner Reese – Indiana Accident Lawyers

When you hit the road, we hope you have a blast, but part of having fun is being prepared! Take the extra time before you leave to take precautionary measures and make sure you and your loved ones are safe and ready for travel. If you are involved in an accident during your trip, call the attorneys at Wagner Reese to discuss the details of your accident and subsequent injuries. We are waiting to speak with you at (888) 204-8440.


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