Summer Road Trip Driving Safety Tips

Summer vacation season is associated with more individuals and families embarking on road trips to various places across the United States. Whether you’re taking a trip across the country or to an amusement park, it is important to ensure you are well-prepared to make your journey as safe as possible.

The following are several safety tips for your summer road trip:

  • Get your car serviced. Routine maintenance, including oil changes, tune-ups, tire rotations, and battery checks go a long way toward preventing breakdowns.
  • Pack an emergency roadside kit. Alas, even a well-maintained car can break down, which is why it is best to prepare an emergency roadside kit just in case. Make sure it has a cellphone car charger, flashlight, first aid kit, jumper cables, flares, jack, tire pressure gauge, basic repair tools, extra clothes, nonperishable foods, emergency blankets, and maps.
  • Always wear a seatbelt. Every time you drive or ride in a vehicle, buckle up every time.
  • Stay alert. Avoid checking your phone and keep your eyes on the road, hands on the wheel, and focus on the primary task of driving at all times. If you are feeling tired, have one your passengers switch driving duties. If no else is able to drive, you can stop and stay overnight at a hotel if necessary.
  • Be a mindful driver. Warmer climate attracts many other types of roadway users, such as motorcyclists, bicyclists, and pedestrians. Always be aware of your surroundings and the possible dangers.
  • Keep kids safe inside or outside the vehicle. Heatstroke can occur when a child is left unattended in a parked car. Never leave your kid alone in a parked car, despite having the windows rolled down or the air conditioner on. Even when your children are not inside a car, always check to see if your children are playing close to other vehicles. Always lock your vehicle and put your keys out of reach from children.

If you suffered a serious injury in a car accident caused by a negligent driver, contact our Montana personal injury attorney at Odegaard Miller Law, PLLC today.