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Staying safe on summer road trips

On Behalf of | May 10, 2024 | Car Accidents |

As summer quickly approaches, some Texas families may be thinking about taking a road trip. Whether traveling throughout the state or beyond, taking some steps to prepare the vehicle for the road and following safety tips can prevent many accidents. If you plan on taking a road trip this summer, you can reduce your chances of being involved in a crash by performing a safety check on your vehicle, packing the essentials and practicing defensive driving techniques. 

Ensure your vehicle is safe  

Long trips can be hard on your vehicle, which is why it’s important to perform a basic safety check before you head out for a road trip. If you’re not familiar with the workings of your vehicle, you may wish to have a mechanic look over it for defects. When checking your vehicle, be sure that fluids are topped off, your tires are in good condition and your lights are all functional. It’s also important to be sure that your brakes are in good working order.  

Pack your car with supplies that can help you deal with common roadside emergencies. A tire gauge, portable tire inflator and a can of aerosol tire inflator can help if you have a flat or obstruction in your tire. Include a set of jumper cables, extra chargers for your phone and a first aid kit. You may also want to bring extra water and snacks in case you find yourself in a situation where you must wait for assistance.  

Safe driving 

When driving for long distances, it’s important to stay alert and alternate driving duties when you can. If you find yourself feeling drowsy, pull over and take a break when possible. Consider drinking a caffeinated beverage or taking a short nap in your car if you’re in a safe place to do so. Avoid distractions and put your phone away while driving.  

Defensive driving techniques can help you avoid accidents. Always watch for other drivers who may be drowsy, intoxicated or distracted. Follow the speed limits and pay close attention when navigating around large trucks as they have limited visibility when you’re passing them or driving behind them. Before you leave for your trip, plan an alternate route in case you run into major construction or an accident.  

Help after an accident 

You may drive safely and do everything possible to avoid being involved in an accident, but you can’t control other drivers’ behavior. When you’re injured in an accident in Texas due to another driver’s negligence, that driver may be held responsible for injuries. By filing a personal injury lawsuit, you can hope to be awarded compensation to cover your injury-related expenses.