Windows down, bags packed, music blasting and the shining sun: all perfect signs of an epic summer road trip. It’s so easy to want to get out as fast as you can to make sure you can capture that wonderful weekend before work starts up again—or to utilize as many days of summer break.
To help your summer vacation be car accident free just takes a few preemptive steps.
If you’re on a road trip and you’re traveling with children, the first thing you want to make sure of is that you have a car seat for your precious cargo. There are different car seats available for young children, and if they’re too big for a normal car seat, a booster seat is also appropriate. If your child can’t yet be admitted in a PG-13 film alone, then it’s the safest for them to ride in the back seat.
Click-It or Ticket
“Click-It or Ticket” is the saying that often enters through someone’s head as they zoom past a patrol officer on the side of the road. Get rid of the worry, and be sure to always wear a seat belt. Every person in a car that is being operated should at all times be buckled up!
Lock It When You Stop it
No one wants to start vacation in the comfort of a car, and find themselves having to walk or hitch a ride home. Whenever you’re not using the car, make sure to always lock the doors, and if traveling with children, do the best job possible of keeping the keys away from them.
“IDK, My BFF Jill?”
Now, it should go without saying, but let’s say it: don’t text and drive. Texting and driving is to car accidents as sunshine is to tans. Are there other ways to get tan besides the sun? Yes. Are there other ways of causing car accidents other than texting? Yes, obviously there is, but chances of a car accident increase tremendously if texting is involved.
If you get that notification, and you’re too polite to leave your contact waiting, set up an automatic message to go out letting them know that you’re driving. Waiting to answer that text from your BFF Jill is far better than any repercussions that can come up from an unfortunate car accident.
Keep Your Eyes on the Road
I know that the perfect road trip sometimes requires a long drive and a head-banging playlist, but if you’re the driver, you must keep your eyes on the road and stay alert. Again, no texting, but also don’t drive while sleepy! Sleep is a natural thing that not only feels great, but comes natural when it’s dark out. However, if you feel the slightest urge to sleep, pulling over for a mere fifteen minutes can do a great job at alleviating a car accident.
Stay Safe This Summer
Even if you’re not a huge fan of the summer heat, you can still have a great time. What would make that sunburn a little worse is a car accident that could have easily been prevented. They are accidents, so it’s understood that some things just happen and can’t be avoided, but stay alert and cautious. If anything unfortunate does happen on any trip you may have, don’t hesitate in contacting Lewis & Keller, formerly Mike Lewis Attorneys with offices in Winston-Salem and Greensboro, North Carolina. Happy summer!