This summer, many people will be opting for long road trips on their vacations.
If you plan on taking an extended drive this summer, make sure you’re
prepared by taking these safety precautions.
Maintenance Your Car
Upkeep whatever vehicle you will be taking on the road this summer. It’ll
be hotter than normal, so you don’t want to be caught on the side
of the highway in the heat. Take your car for regular oil changes, battery
checks, tune-ups, and tire rotations. Also, ensure you invest in a good
roadside assistance service in case your car requires a tow.
Check Your Car for Recalls
One thing your mechanic may not do if you’re not taking it to the
dealership is to check for product recalls. However, you can look for
any potential problems with your car by visiting the National Highway
Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) search tool to enter your vehicle
identification number (VIN). The website will identify any vehicle that
has not been repaired as a part of a safety recall in the last 15 years.
Pack an Emergency Roadside Kit
It never hurts to be over-prepared for any situation. In the event your
car breaks down, you should be prepared to deal with it. A roadside kit
includes a cell phone and car charger, first aid kit, flashlight, water
and paper towels, basic repair tools, duct tape, flares, a white flag,
jumper cables, tire pressure gauge, jack, spare tire, work gloves, a change
of clothes, nonperishable food, medicine, drinking water, extra windshield
washer fluid, emergency blankets, maps, extra towels, and an extra coat.
Buckle Your Seatbelt
This may seem obvious, but some people think they can forgo buckling up
during the summer, particularly for a short trip. However, every person
in the car should always be buckled when the car is on. Even if you’re
just going down the driveway, you can prepare for any accident if you
Keep Your Kids Safe
Children and adults don’t usually have the same problems when it
comes to car safety. Kids are more delicate, which means children ages
13 and younger should always ride in the back seat. This precaution is
mainly due to the danger caused by airbags. While airbags protect people
from severe brain injuries, they can strike with tremendous force, which
may be too much for a smaller individual. Smaller children should also
be buckled in with a booster seat or car seat. When you exit your vehicle,
make sure you never leave your child unattended in or around it. Also,
always lock the car after you and your kids leave the vehicle, so they
do not play or get trapped inside.
Do Tasks Before Beginning to Drive
People have the bad habit of performing last-minute checks and mirror adjustments
while they are already in the process of driving. Make sure to adjust
your seat and other car equipment before you take the car out of park.
Likewise, other activities such as texting, eating, drinking, or returning
calls should be done on the side of the road, rather than while you’re
moving. Many car accidents are caused by driver inattention related to
something that took their focus away from the process of driving. If your
phone is too tempting, keep it in the backseat or truck where you can’t reach it.
Because the weather is better, more people will have social gatherings
that involve alcohol. These gatherings will likely lead to an increase
in the number of drunk drivers on the road. If you notice a driver who
seems to be swerving or driving in an otherwise unsafe manner, stay away
from them as much as possible. You can also call the police and inform
them of the dangerous driver. Defensive driving involves being alert and
aware of the road around you. If you defensively driver, you also realize
everyone else on the road is unpredictable. You can never be sure if someone
else will follow the rules of the road, which is why defensive drivers
are always prepared for a sudden or unexpected turn of events. Likewise,
being alert to your environment will ensure you give bikers and motorcyclists
Make sure to stay safe this summer. However, if you or a loved one has
been harmed and requires an experienced Greenwich personal injury attorney,
don’t hesitate to give us a call. Ivey Barnum & O’Mara,
LLC has a team of skilled lawyers with more than 30 years of legal experience
to offer you. We also work with Attorney John Q. Kelly, who is a renowned
representative in his field. Attorney Kelly is schooled in the nuances
of physical, forensic, and circumstantial evidence, knowledge which he
will put to good use in your case. Let us see what we can do for you.
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