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Road Trip Safety Tips You Should Know

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.