Summer is often the time of year many people decide to take an extended
road trip across the United States with their family. The weather is usually
temperate enough most don’t have to worry about ice, sleet, or rain
on the freeway. However, while summer might be the safest time to take
an extended drive, there are a few precautions you could take to make
the trip safer.
Get Your Car Serviced
Even if you get your car’s oil changed regularly, if you haven’t
been to the mechanic in a few months, you should get your vehicle checked.
Your mechanic should monitor all fluids in the car, check the tires, check
all hoses and belts, and test the brakes. Likewise, he or she should make
sure your hazard lights, turn signals, and brake lights are all working well.
Pack an Emergency Kit
In case the worst occurs, you and your family should be prepared. Make
sure to stock an emergency kit complete with a fully stocked first-aid
kit. Keep a flashlight, a solar-charged phone charger, nonperishable food,
emergency blankets, basic tools, and some extra water in the kit.
Pack a GPS System and a Paper Map
Most smartphones come with a GPS system installed, but you should also
make sure to pack paper maps of where you’re heading. If you lose
a signal at an essential part of the trip, your passenger can check the
paper map to make sure you’re still heading in the right direction.
Try to get as updated a paper map as possible to ensure no significant
changes to the road have happened since it was last published.
If you’re traveling with kids, you need bring as much as you can
to keep them entertained. Pack snacks, water, games, videos, music, books,
coloring books, and so on so they have plenty of things to keep them occupied.
There is nothing more distracting to a driver than a restless child, so
make sure your kid has plenty to do.
Stay safe out there. However, if you or a loved one are injured by a negligent
driver on your trip, don’t hesitate to give our skilled
Greenville car accident attorneys a call.
Christian & Davis LLC has more than 95 years of combined legal experience to offer your case.
Let us see what we can do for you and your family.
Contact us at (864) 408-8890 or fill out our online form to schedule a free case