May is the time of year we say goodbye to the school year routine and make plans for summer fun. For most Americans, that means time on the road to get to favorite vacation spots. Before you eagerly jump in your car, however, Abeyta Nelson offers these 6 tips for a safe and accident-free road trip:
Inspect your vehicle. A simple check-in with a qualified mechanic can save you car trouble while on the road. Get your oil changed, check your tires and have your vehicle’s fluids and air conditioner checked before traveling.
Stock up. It’s always a good idea to keep a stash of water bottles, energy bars, first aid kit, flashlight, and blankets in your vehicle. You never know when you might need these essential supplies.
Always buckle up. There is no excuse for not wearing a seatbelt, whether you’re traveling across town, or across the country. Buckling up dramatically improves your chances of surviving an auto accident.
Check your license, registration and tabs, and insurance card. When was the last time you looked in your glove box for your vehicle registration? Is your insurance card and license up to date? Locate these items now and be prepared if you are in an accident or need to talk with a law enforcement officer.
Switch drivers periodically. If you’re driving a long distance, stay alert and focused by taking turns driving. Allowing one person to sit behind the wheel too long can result in drowsy, unsafe driving.
Drive the speed limit. It may seem obvious, but many of us overlook this simple rule: the best way to prevent an accident is to keep a safe distance behind the vehicle in front of you, and keep your car under control at a predictable rate of speed.
Following these 6 simple steps will increase your chances of safe, enjoyable family road trips and allow you peace of mind as you travel this summer season.