Before you get on the road, consider these important driver safety tips that will help you reach your destination safely.
Are you looking forward to a fun-filled road trip with friends and family? You are probably spending time planning the trip, making arrangements, and packing your suitcase. But before you get on the road, consider these important tips that will help you reach your destination safely.
Before You Start Your Trip
Inspect your car and any safety-related accessories to ensure they are in good working order. Small issues not only increase the chances of a car accident, but also the severity of the injuries in case an accident occurs. Make any repairs or replacements in a timely manner. Check the following car parts:
- seat belts
- windshield wipers
- child safety seat
- air conditioning and heating
- safety equipment and gear
When you are on a road trip, the risk of a car breakdown always exist no matter how safe the driving and traffic conditions are. Pack the following safety gear:
- cell phone and charger
- emergency kit
- flash light
- spare tire
- tools to change tire
- jumper cables
- first aid kit
- non-perishable food
Be a Safe Driver
Avoid drowsy driving: You might be excited about getting to your destination, but driving for long hours can make you feel drowsy and significantly affect your driving ability.
Avoid distracted driving: You may get important calls or texts while driving, or you may even be tempted to take a selfie to capture the fun moments, but remember, even a few seconds of distraction can cause a fatal accident.
Be extra careful when driving at night: It is particularly difficult to drive in poor lighting conditions, especially when everyone else is asleep. Put on some music to stay awake and do not use cruise control.
Do not drive under the influence: Drunk driving is not only illegal but dangerous. Alcohol, drugs, and certain prescription medications can cause drowsiness.
Speak With a Chicago Auto Accident Attorney
If you have been involved in a car accident caused by a negligent driver, call a Chicago car accident lawyer from Willens Law Offices for legal advice. Call (312) 957-4166 to schedule a free case evaluation.