Top Summer Road Trip Safety Tips

Over the next few weeks, more and more people will be getting in their cars and hitting the road for their summer trips. Before you get on the highway, you should observe some summer road trip safety tips.

Advice to motorists is offered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Planning ahead may seem like a drag but it can help you in the long term.

NHTSA has compiled a list of routine basic summer road trip safety tips.

Here are some important tips.

Norfolk injury lawyer Jim Hurley gives summer road trip safety tips

Perform Basic Safety Checks

You should check your car over for potential issues before you get on the road. It may be as simple as making sure you have screen wash. Take your car into a garage for a service including an oil change, a battery check, and a tire rotation. Be sure to check your fluid levels, wiper blades, lights and air conditioning.

Look out for Recalls

The massive recall of Takata airbags highlighted how many drivers are unaware of potential dangers associated with their vehicle. Use NHTSA’s VIN Look-Up Tool to find out of your car has been repaired as part of a safety recall. Visit www.nhtsa.gov/recalls to find out about possible safety defects.

Protect Children and Passengers

If you have children in the back of your car, make sure they are safely restrained. All children under 13 should ride in the back of the car. Car seats should be working and properly fitted. Other passengers should wear their seat belts.

Combat Fatigue

Leave yourself plenty of time for your trip and build in stops. If you drive for hours without a break, you will be less alert and more prone to accidents. Rotate drivers if possible.

Watch Out for Riders

Cyclists and motorcyclists are among the most vulnerable of road users. More riders are out on two wheels in the summer. As a driver, you should give them plenty of distance. Virginia has a three-foot passing rule for cyclists.

Put Away Your Cell Phone

Distracted driving is the scourge of road trips in the 21st century. Apps and navigational services cause more distractions than in previous years. If you are driving, stow your phone away in a safe place or let a passenger find your route on a cell phone. Also, avoid other distractions like eating while driving and keep pets secured.

Have Emergency Items on Board

A first aid kit is vital for your family summer road trip. Have items like flares, jumper cables and a flashlight in case you break down. Carry plenty of water, blankets, and food. We hope you don’t break down but you should always be prepared. You should have membership of a breakdown service like AAA.

Don’t Drink Alcohol

Drunk driving claims thousands of lives a year and DUI crashes spike over the summer months. Drink coffee rather than alcohol on your road trip and use a designated driver or a ride sharing program if you are at a party.

We hope these Summer Road Trip Safety Tips help you and you enjoy your trip. If you do end up in an accident, please see our Virginia auto accident crash resources here or call us today at (757) 455-0077.

Jim Hurley

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