Tips for Safe Road Trips

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were more than 33,000 traffic-related fatalities on the nation’s highways in 2012. Whether you are planning a quick weekend getaway or a cross-country road trip, following a few vehicle safety tips can help you arrive safely at your destination.

Do Not Drive Distracted

The U.S. government’s distracted driving website, distraction.gov, reports that 421,000 people were injured in crashes caused by a distracted driver in 2012. Studies show that any number of distractions, such as texting, eating, applying makeup, or looking at a GPS, increase a driver’s likelihood of a collision by 23 percent. Find a safe place to stop, such as a rest area, if you need to consult a map, send a text, or grab a bite to eat.

Perform Vehicle Maintenance before Your Trip

Before you hit the road, visit the mechanic (or your own garage if you are handy with vehicle maintenance). Routine vehicle maintenance checks include fluid replacement, tire pressure checks, and tire rotation. Your mechanic will also check the belts and filters in your car’s engine to ensure everything is in good shape before your trip.

Pack a Roadside Emergency Kit

Regardless of your destination, it is a good idea to assemble an emergency kit and store it in your vehicle at all times. Although premade kits are available in stores, it is easy to make your own by purchasing the various items yourself. A well-stocked kit should include bottled water, flares, a flashlight, jumper cables, a blanket, first aid supplies, a tire jack, and some food items with a long shelf-life.

Observe the Posted Speed Limit

Excessive speed is one of the top causes of motor vehicle accidents across the nation. Furthermore, travel during certain times of year, such as the holidays or during the summer construction season, can result in crowded highways. Driving too quickly on a congested road increases your likelihood of being involved in a serious accident.

Keep a Cool Head

The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety reports that aggressive driving – commonly referred to as “road rage” – was a contributing factor in more than 12,000 car accident injuries within a six-year period. Moreover, a psychology professor at Colorado State University who has studied aggressive drivers claims that high-anger motorists are twice as likely to be involved in car accidents as calm drivers.

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At the Klibaner Law Firm, we help individuals who have been hurt by careless drivers obtain compensation for their injuries. Call us today at (303) 863-1445 to speak to an attorney about your case.

This website has been prepared by Klibaner Law Firm for informational purposes only and does not, and is not intended to, constitute legal advice. The information is not provided in the course of an attorney-client relationship and is not intended to substitute for legal advice from an attorney licensed in your jurisdiction.