Summer is among the busiest long-distance travel periods of the year. Prior
to embarking on your journey in your car, SUV, pickup, or RV, take some
time to review these summer travel safety tips. Prevention and planning
may take some time, but they will spare you from experiencing the consequences
of a breakdown, crash, or disaster.
Here are some safe travel tips to ensure a joyous and festive summer vacation
with loved ones:
Full tank and car maintenance - Before beginning your journey, fill up your gas tank to limit the number
of pit stops. In addition to fueling up, check the tire pressures and
inspect car fluids. The last thing on your mind is car trouble.
Prepare – In the event of an accident or medical issue, equip your vehicle
with an emergency kit, consisting of a blanket, first-aid kit, flashlight,
and other useful supplies. A case of bottled water and extra snacks. If
you have children, games, videos/DVDs, and music should keep them occupied
during the trip. Aside from gathering items, plan your route by checking
for gas stations or restaurants on the way to your destination.
Pack efficiently - Since your car has a specified carrying capacity, check the total weight
limit by looking at the placard inside the driver’s door jamb. Ensure
you aren’t overloading your vehicle with passengers and luggage.
Patience – During the busy travel season, don’t be surprised by heavy
traffic. You can avoid long periods of traffic by either departing early
in the morning, or late at night. If not, have a GPS device handy to determine
alternative routes to avoid the congestion.
No distraction – Texting and driving don’t mix, especially during a long drive.
Designate one of your family members to communicate with anxious loved
ones waiting for your family’s arrival.
Check the weather – Plan accordingly to the weather reports, so you won’t be
stuck for long periods of time during a storm.
Buckle up – Always.
If you suffered an injury in a
car accident in Virginia that was caused by a negligent party,
contact our Richmond personal injury attorney at
Halperin Law Center and schedule a
free consultation today.