If you’re taking to the road for an extended distance, your safety should be a top priority. Without this approach, you increase the risk of suffering an injury in a motor vehicle accident.
Here are some safety tips you can use to your advantage on a road trip:
- Prepare your vehicle: Make sure your vehicle is prepared for the road, such as by inflating its tires to the proper PSI, checking the tread and making sure that your windshield wipers work.
- Avoid distractions: The longer you’re behind the wheel, the more likely it is that you’ll fall prey to distractions. If you find your mind wandering, pull to safety and take a break.
- Watch the other driver: You can be as safe as you want, but that doesn’t have anything to do with the other drivers on the road. Another person could cause an accident, such as by texting or ignoring the rules of the road.
- Get enough sleep: If you know you’ll be on the road for an extended period of time, bank as much sleep in advance as possible. Should you become tired while driving, don’t wait to pull to safety and rest your mind and body.
When you follow these tips, you can be more confident in your ability to safely reach your destination.
If another driver causes an accident, such as by running a stop sign or illegally passing your vehicle on the highway, move to the shoulder of the road and then call 911. It’s the steps you take immediately after an accident that’ll help you make a full recovery, while also protecting your legal rights.