Summer is a great time to take a road trip with friends and family. However, there are more drivers on the road during summer than at any other time of year. With more traffic comes a greater risk of an accident. If you are traveling on the road this summer, it is important to take steps to increase your safety.
Here are 3 practical ways you can increase your safety while taking a road trip this summer:
- Prepare beforehand. Before you start out, check the weather of where you will be driving. You also need to have your vehicle inspected and maintained to ensure it is in good condition. You may need to rotate or replace the tires, replace the brakes, change the oil, and refill the fluid levels to ensure the air conditioner and brakes are working. Furthermore, pack a first-aid kit in the car, and print out directions in case your GPS loses signal somewhere along the way.
- Practice safe driving habits. Safe driving habits include maintaining a safe and legal speed, using turn signals and headlights properly, and keeping a safe distance between your car and the cars around you. You should also avoid driving in other vehicles’ blind spots. By obeying all federal and state traffic laws and exercising caution on the road, you can increase your safety while traveling.
- Avoid distracted or drowsy driving. Drowsy driving is just as dangerous as drunk driving. Thus, you should avoid drowsy driving at all costs. Take turns driving with a passenger, and plan your trip so you can sleep in hotels every night. By getting good rest and taking breaks, you can avoid drowsy driving and increase your safety on the road. It is also important to avoid distractions while behind the wheel. You should have a passenger check your phone, adjust radio and A/C controls, and monitor the GPS so you can stay focused.
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