For many people, summer is starting to wind down, and thoughts are turning to “back-to-school” shopping. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t still time for some fun family get-aways.
But before you hit the road, keep these following tips in mind for safe travels.
Road trip checklist
The last thing you want is to be stranded on the side of the highway in the middle of nowhere. You also don’t want to end up in a car accident due to a mechanical malfunction. To avoid any potential problems, you should inspect your car thoroughly or take it to a mechanic.
Start by checking your tires. Make sure they are properly inflated and have plenty of tread. Next, check your fluids: engine oil, coolant, power steering fluid, brake fluid, and windshield washer fluid, and top them off if necessary. Finally, take a look at your battery. If it’s more than three years old, or if it shows any signs of corrosion, it’s probably time for a new one.
Bring a first-aid kit and emergency supplies. It should include essential items like bandages, antiseptic wipes, and pain relievers. Emergency supplies might consist of a flashlight, flares, and a map.
Once you’re on the road, be sure to take breaks every few hours so you can stretch your legs and give yourself a chance to rest. If you’re fatigued, you might become drowsy and not be able to react quickly to any obstacles or changing traffic conditions.
Sadly, even with all your precautions, you can’t control everyone else on the roads. If you are injured in a traffic accident while on vacation, it is important to know what your rights are and how to seek compensation for your injuries.