Almost half of all Americans travel for vacation during the summer months. Over 90 percent of those trips are in a personal vehicle. All of that time on the road can ultimately lead to more car accidents. Proper preparation for the road trip and a few driving tips can be extremely helpful if you are considering a summertime road trip yourself.
You can prevent a surprising number of accidents by simply taking a few extra minutes to ensure that your vehicle is road trip ready. You should be sure that you have performed all of your regular maintenance before you go, including oil changes, battery checks, and tire rotations.
Use the penny test to be sure that your tires do not need replaced. Place a penny in the tread with Lincoln’s head upside-down. If you can see the top of his head, you need new tires. If you find uneven wear, then you may need to rotate your tires as well.
You may also want to head to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s website to see if your vehicle is subject to any recalls. If there is an accident because of a recall, that could actually affect your legal liability. A Chicago car accident lawyer can help you determine if this situation affects your case.
Before you hit the road, you should also perform a very basic safety checklist to be sure that your car is in great working order.
You may also want to get your air conditioning tested before you go on a hot summer road trip as well.
While you are driving, you need to mindful of potential summer safety threats. These could include:
Be sure that you have your eyes on the road, hands on the wheel, and mind on your driving at all times on your summer road trip—your friends’ and family’s safety deserves your utmost attention!
Unfortunately, sometimes accidents just cannot be avoided. If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, call Disparti Law Group, P.A. at (312) 464-7073.