Hitting the road for a few days of travel and adventure is exciting. While most people consider the need to plan their destinations, look for hotels, request time off from work or school, and pack their luggage, not everyone considers one key factor: preparing for the possibility of a car accident.
Although it might not be as fun as researching local restaurants or tourist attractions, taking steps to prevent a car crash is a crucial part of ensuring a successful trip. Your chances of getting into a crash on this kind of adventure are higher than usual, and a collision will surely put a damper on what should otherwise be a joyful experience.
Luckily, there are steps you can take to minimize this risk. Before you head on your adventure, consult the guide below and follow the tips listed.
Steps to Limit Your Chances of a Car Crash During a Road Trip
Get Your Car Serviced
When all your vehicle’s components are properly maintained and in proper working order, the chances of getting into a car accident decrease significantly. This becomes even more important before a road trip, when you’ll undoubtedly put extra stress on your vehicle and its systems as you drive long stretches in a short period of time.
Before you leave for your trip, have your vehicle serviced. All fluid levels should be checked and topped off or replaced as needed. You should also have the brakes evaluated and serviced to ensure they don’t wear out while you’re on the road.
Have your tires inflated and rotated. If they are worn out, replace them before you leave. Ensure the headlights and tail lights are lit to full capacity, and if the bulbs are worn out, replace them.
The more you plan ahead, the less likely it is you’ll be faced with an unexpected circumstance that puts you at risk on the road. For example, if you don’t know which route to take on your road trip, you’ll likely become distracted looking for exit signs, land markers, and street signs.
This could cause you to miss important traffic markings, such as speed limit postings, stop signs, merging warnings, or traffic lights. This could also increase your chances of getting into an accident, such as fender bender, because you aren’t paying attention to other drivers on the road.
Plan your route out carefully before you leave for your road trip. If you need to, look at and study a map. If you plan on using a GPS system, program it before you start driving. Additionally, check the weather forecast for any inclement weather so you can make accommodations to stay off the road during those periods.
Don’t Drive When You’re Incapacitated
Although road trips can be fun, they can also be exhausting. Being behind the wheel for that many hours can put a strain on your system, causing you to get worn out and tire faster. If you do find yourself getting sleepy, it’s crucial you don’t push yourself. Instead, have another passenger take over as the driver so you can get some rest. If no one else can drive, find a safe spot to pull over and sleep until you’re rested enough to get back on the road.
What to Do if You Get into an Accident
If, unfortunately, you do get into a crash on your road trip, turn to the professionals at Nye Law Group. They will represent your interests in a personal injury claim to recover a settlement from the liable party.