Advice on Safe Summer Road Trips for Wilmington Drivers
If you are one of the many Americans heading out for a summer road trip, it is important that you plan ahead and that you are careful while on the road. Road trips can turn into a disaster if you become involved in an accident or if your vehicle breaks down and Safer Car has some advice to help you avoid injury.
Those who are injured or who lose loved ones in a summer car accident should understand their legal rights. A personal injury lawyer can help victims to pursue a damage claim.
Advice for Summer Road Trip Safety
Summer road trip safety begins before you ever leave the house. You want to ensure that your car is in good working condition and ready to make the trip so you do not have a breakdown or an accident because of defective vehicle parts. Tips for what you can do before your trip to make sure things go smoothly include:
- Have a preventative checkup on your vehicle if it has not been in for regular maintenance lately. Ensure all maintenance tasks have been performed, like an oil change and tire rotation.
- Check your tires. Is the pressure OK? Many newer cars automatically alert you if the tire pressure is too low and if the tires need air. Unfortunately heat can cause significant problems with tires and a tire blowout can be deadly so it is an important to also check the tires manually. You should not only make sure there is enough air in the tires but also confirm that the tire treads are not too worn.
- Check fluid levels. Is there enough washer fluid and coolant in the vehicle?
- Be sure your windshield wipers are in good working order and replace them if there has been a lot of wear and tear.
Once you head out on your road trip, you need to continue to do everything you can to ensure that you are safe and that you are not endangering others on the road. You should:
- Be on the lookout for pedestrians. Remember, kids are off of school so there may be more young people out riding bikes or walking.
- Watch for pedestrians, who could be anywhere. You should stop at crosswalks and allow pedestrians to cross and never assume that a pedestrian sees you.
- Make sure all of the passengers that are in your vehicle are buckled up and always buckle your own seat belt when you are driving.
- Use booster seats or car seats for kids and make sure that the seats are age and weight appropriate and properly installed in your vehicle. Kids under the age of 13 should never be sitting in the front seat, even if they have outgrown a booster seat.
By following these tips, hopefully you can have a successful road trip and get everyone home safe. Safer Car also advises having an emergency first aid kit as well as a flashlight, flares, a white flag and some basic repair tools in your vehicle in case a breakdown occurs.
Help is available for accidents victims in Willmington, NC. Contact the Law Offices of Richard Flexner at 800-FLEXNER or visit https://www.getflexner.com to schedule a free consultation.