With Spring Break around the corner, now might be a good time to review a few safety tips for taking a road trip. Read our top 6 tips below to help you prepare and stay safe on the road.
Safety Before the Trip
1. Schedule a tune-up – Making sure your car is running in tip top shape can help you avoid costly repairs down the road. Common parts that are replaced when tuning up a vehicle can include spark plugs, plug wires, air filter and fuel filter. Tune-ups also provide the opportunity to check other components under the hood such as belts, hoses and fluids.
2. Conduct Your Own Vehicle Safety Check List
- Tires – Check the air pressure and tread, and make sure you bring a spare
- Lights – Ensure all of your lights are in working order including: front, rear and brake lights, turn signals, and emergency flashers.
- Wiper Blades – Assess your wiper blades for any wear and tear from the colder months. If they look rough in the slightest, you’ll want to replace them.
- Cooling System – With warmer days ahead, you’ll want to make sure your engine doesn’t overheat while you are driving to or from your Spring Break destination. Check the fluid in the system and if necessary, add water and coolant.
- Check for Recalls. With so many recalls and product liability issues each year, you’ll want to double check that your vehicle is safe to drive on the road.
3. Pack an Emergency Roadside Kit. NHTSA recommends including the following items in your car emergency kit:
- Cell phone
- First aid kit
- Flares and a white flag
- Jumper cables
- Jack (and ground mat) for changing a tire
- Work gloves
- Change of clothes
- Basic repair tools and duct tape (for temporarily repairing a hose leak)
- A jug of water and paper towels for cleaning up
- Nonperishable food, drinking water, and medicines
- Extra windshield washer fluid
4. Get plenty of rest the night before – Fatigued driving can be just as bad as drunk driving. Get a full nights’ sleep and make sure you feel rested to help you stay focused on the road, especially if you’re about to endure a tedious, long-distance trip. If you find yourself feeling tired, pull over and rest your eyes briefly.
Safety During the Trip
5. Always Buckle Up- Not only will wearing your seatbelt keep you safe, but it will also help you to avoid getting a ticket. Be aware that specific seatbelt laws vary from state to state, depending on the age of the rider and in what seat he or she is sitting.
6. Stay off of your phone – One of the most important steps you can take to ensure your safety while on the road is to stay off of your phone. Distracted driving has caused thousands of injuries and deaths in recent years, all of which could have been avoided.
Driving to a destination is one of the most popular transportation methods for spring break trips. Following these simple tips will help you avoid major issues and will help you feel safer while on the road. However, if you are injured in a car accident, Liggett Law Group is here to help. Contact us to schedule a free consultation today.