Summer has just begun, and for some of us, this means it’s time to brave the traffic and embark on a summer road trip. Summer road trips are a great way to see the country and spend time with family. However, without proper planning, these road trips can also be dangerous. Here are some important tips to keep in mind when you go on your summer road trip:
Before the Road Trip
Before you head out on your summer road trip, it’s important to make sure your vehicle is up for the task. Stop by your mechanic and ask them to check your filter and oil levels, top off all fluids, check your tires for proper inflation, inspect belts and hoses, and test the battery and brakes. Once your vehicle is checked out, it will give you peace of mind before you set out on your trip.
Plan the Route for Your Road Trip
Many people rely on navigation systems and Google maps to help them get where they need to go. However, it can be helpful to have a look at your route ahead of time and plan the best way to travel. Let someone who’s not going on the trip know the route you are taking. You can also check for weather conditions and road construction to better plan for your trip.
Pack an Emergency Kit
An emergency kit is essential if you are going on a road trip. Be sure to stock your emergency kit with:
- Jumper cables
- First aid kit
- Properly inflated spare tire, lug wrench, and jack
- Tool kit
- Flashlight with batteries
- Car cellphone charger
- Duct tape
- Bottled water and energy bars
Wait to pack your emergency kit in the car until all of the bags have been placed in the car. You want to make sure that it is easily accessible.
Even with the best planning, there’s always a chance you’ll end up broken down on the side of the road. If this is the case, pull your car over safely and turn on your hazard lights. Put your car in park, set the emergency brake, and point your wheels away from the road. Be sure to keep emergency contact numbers, such as roadside assistance, in your phone,so you easily access them when needed. If you can, place flares 50 feet behind your car to warn other drivers. Don’t exit your car by the road while you’re waiting for help. It is generally safer to be in your car.
Stay Safe on the Road
Remember that all occupants of the car should be buckled in at all times. Avoid distracted driving by putting your phone down. Finally, if you feel drowsy pull over or switch drivers so you can rest.
Contact an Experienced Florida Attorney
If you’ve been injured in a car accident on your summer road trip, you should consult with an experienced car accident attorney. The attorneys at Abrahamson & Uiterwyk have over 30 years of experience helping injured Floridians. Contact us online or call us at 800-753-5203 to set up your no-obligation free consultation today.