Summer is right around the corner and with it comes an increase in travel. This means more cars on the road and more of them packed with families. To stay safe this summer while traveling with loved ones, drivers should plan their routes, prepare their vehicles and focus equally on those traveling with them, as those traveling alongside them.
It is important for families traveling over the summer to plan their trip and prepare their vehicle before hitting the highway. Doing things like planning a route, investigating delays and detours and checking road conditions can help families avoid potentially dangerous situations. Roadwork, construction and road closures can make for dangerous travel for both drivers and workers alike. By routing a trip to avoid these areas, summer travelers can help keep themselves and others safe.
It is important for drivers to check the integrity of their vehicle before travel. Disabled vehicles along the roadside present a significant danger to other travelers. Fortunately, most breakdowns can be avoided, and a vehicle in tiptop shape is less likely to break down or become disabled. In the event a breakdown does occur, a vehicle well-equipped with an emergency roadside kit, flashlights, jumper cables and bottled water, can help ensure a safe and speedy repair.
Although planning for a safe summer trip can help families avoid serious issues when traveling, not every situation can be planned for. During the summer months when travel is at its highest, other drivers on the road can increase the risk of accident and serious injury. Defensive driving techniques along with other safety practices can help drivers and their families stay safe this summer. In the event your summer travel is impacted by the negligence of a fellow driver, you may benefit from the experienced legal representation of a motor vehicle accident attorney.