The summer vacation season may be coming to an end for most families across
the country but that doesn’t mean that road trips are coming to
a complete halt. In fact, due to the excessive heat and inclement weather
experienced around the nation and right here in Texas, many families are
choosing to push their road trips and vacations back to the fall. Due
to recent temperature trends, though, this does not guarantee that the
blaze of summer won’t carry well into September or October. If you
are planning a multiday journey across America’s highways, it makes
sense to first know some good road trip safety tips.
Bring the bare necessities: No car should be without a few essentials, such as plenty of water, a first
aid kit, jumper cables, flashlights, and road flares. For your upcoming
road trip, you will also want to bring a paper map of every spot between
point A and point Z. GPS is a technological wonder but reception isn’t
guaranteed and batteries can fail suddenly.
Inform your friends: If you get lost or incapacitated by an accident of some sort, rescue will
come much sooner if people have an idea of where to look to find you.
Tell a friend or family member who will not be accompanying you on your
road trip all about your planned itinerary and check in with them whenever
you hit a landmark or stop for a night. If there is reason to suspect
something adverse happened to you, they can notify the authorities with
fairly accurate information.
Don’t forget the snacks: Water is a must, as mentioned earlier, but road-friendly snacks are useful,
too. Don’t bring something that can spoil or melt in the heat of
a long day under the sun. You can bring fruits and vegetables for the
first day of your journey and rely on granola or other dried but not heavily
salted goods after that. Worst case scenario: you get lost and have food;
best case scenario: your trip goes swimmingly and everyone is happily
fed along the way.
Enforce safety rules: It can be tempting for people to unbuckle during long road trips, especially
when the journey follows a long stretch of empty highway. This should
not be permitted. Make certain everyone is buckled up when the vehicle
is in motion, never allow an intoxicated person behind the wheel, and
do not speed, even when you are running late to your next destination.
Car maintenance: Before you set out on that long journey, schedule a general checkup on
your vehicle. Brakes, oil, windshield wipers, wiper fluid, headlights,
etc. The last thing you want is what could have been an easy, inexpensive
fix to become a big, expensive headache because it occurred 500 miles
from the nearest auto shop.
In the unfortunate event that you do get into an accident or get injured
while on the road, you can
contact Dean Law Firm and our Midland-Odessa personal injury attorneys. We can
set you up with a
free consultation, during which you can explain what happened and we can try to determine
if you have grounds for a lawsuit.