Schools are out, graduations are over and the summer heat is on! This is the time when most of us get ready for a fun summer road trip. While these trips with family can be enjoyable and memorable, it is important to remember that summertime is one of the most dangerous times of year to be on the road. Contributing to this danger are inexperienced teen drivers and drunk or distracted drivers. Summertime road trips are so much fun but unfortunately, accidents do happen. If you are injured in a car accident this summer, do not hesitate to contact an experienced Rhode Island car accident lawyer who can help you.
What Should I Check On My Car Before a Road Trip?
Before embarking on a road trip, there are several things to look for to ensure your vehicle is in good shape for the journey ahead.
- Check the tires, including the spare, for proper inflation and good tread. As tires age, regardless of the amount wear, they can become brittle, especially as they are exposed to light and heat, which happens quite a bit in the summer.
- Inspect the engine, battery, hoses, belts and fluids for wear and tear as well as proper levels.
- Test all lights and wipers.
- Clean the windows inside and out to increase visibility.
- If you are not sure how to inspect your vehicle, consider a quick inspection by a qualified technician. A few dollars up front can give you peace of mind and save you money down the road.
What Are Some Other Safety Tips?
Be sure to buckle up on every single time you get in the car, whether it be for a road trip or a ride around the block. If you happen to be in a situation where you have a flat tire or a stalled car, get out of traffic lanes and off the highway, if you can safely do so. If you plan to drink at a party or barbecue, be sure to use a designated sober driver. If you see drunk or dangerous drivers, call 911.
Parents, grandparents and caregivers need to use the correct seat for child passengers and make sure that the child safety seat is installed properly. Keep children 12 and under in the back seat. That’s the safest place for them. Get adequate rest before you get on the road. Take breaks once every few hours to prevent fatigue while driving. Getting out of the car to stretch your legs for a minute truly does wonders.
Finally, avoid distracted driving. Do not talk or text on your cell phone while driving, even if you do it hands-free. If you need to make a call or text, wait until you stop in a safe place such as a rest stop or a parking lot. Do not program your GPS while you are driving. Share your driving time with other passengers to avoid fatigue.
Contact Us Today!
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, the experienced Rhode Island car accident lawyers at d’Oliveira & Associates can help you better understand your legal rights and options. We do not charge any fees unless we recover compensation for you. Contact us toll-free at 1-800-992-6878 or fill out a contact form online, for a free consultation and comprehensive case evaluation. “We will focus on your case, so you can focus on your recovery.”