Spring and Summer Road Trip Safety Tips

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Springtime and summertime mean road trips for many families in New York. While your travel plans may be a bit different this time around due to the coronavirus pandemic, it’s still a good idea to go over some spring and summer driving safety tips. These tips may help spare you from dealing with a breakdown or crash.

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Here are some tips to keep in mind before you take off on your next road trip this spring or summer:

Schedule a tune-up for your vehicle

Before you take off on your road trip, perform a safety check by checking your vehicle’s tire pressure, fluid levels, windshield wipers, and headlights. Scheduling regular maintenance for your vehicle could help prevent breakdowns.

Get a good night’s sleep

Driving while drowsy is a contributing factor in many car accidents in New York and throughout the country each year. Don’t operate a vehicle unless you are well-rested. Get off the road and get some sleep if you catch yourself getting sleepy.

Break up the road trip

Every two or three hours, switch drivers or take a brief pit stop.

Manage glare and heat

Bring a pair of sunglasses to protect your eyes from UV rays. Use a sunshade for your vehicle is parked.

Don’t exceed your vehicle’s capacity

Your owner’s manual will have the maximum weight of all passengers and cargo that your vehicle can safely carry.

Adjust your posture

Sit up straight. Slouching can actually make you drowsy. Many people sit too far away from the steering wheel and pedals.

Minimize chatter

While road trips are an opportune time to catch up with others, talking to passengers can be distracting. When you’re driving, make sure your top priority is paying attention to the road.

Don’t drive while impaired

Drinking alcohol before getting behind the wheel is not only illegal but extremely dangerous. Be mindful of taking certain prescription drugs. They could interfere with your ability to safely operate your car. Stay away from any drugs that could impair your ability to drive.

Avoid drunk drivers

Not only should you never drink and drive, but you should also keep an eye out for drunk drivers on the road. Many car accidents are caused by drunk drivers. If you see a motorist operating their vehicle in an unsafe manner, keep your distance as best you can.

Signs of a drunk driver can include:

  • Drifting over lanes of traffic
  • Swerving
  • Making sudden stops
  • Not using turn signals
  • Tailgating
  • Aggressive maneuvers

Know the laws concerning cell phone use

While it may be legal in one state, it may be illegal in another state. Review the cell phone laws of all the states you’ll be traveling through. Keep in mind that even if it’s legal to talk on a phone while driving in the state you’re in, it’s going to be safer to use a hands-free device.

Keep spring and summer allergies under control

Driving with a runny nose, nasal congestion, or itchy eyes can be dangerous. Consider taking some non-drowsy allergy medications if seasonal allergies are bothering you.

Obey the speed limit

While it may be tempting to speed to get to your destination more quickly, don’t do it. Speeding is risky driving behavior that can cause you to lose control of the vehicle. Speeding drastically increases the likelihood of a crash.

Make a checklist

The following items are essential for any road trip:

  • Jumper cables. You want to be prepared if your battery dies.
  • First aid kit. Bandages, gauze, ibuprofen, burn cream, and antihistamine in case of an allergic reaction belong in any first aid kit.
  • Snacks and beverages. Pack whichever snacks you like. Bring a small cooler to keep beverages cold.
  • Paperwork. Bring along important documents such as the car manual, insurance cards, and your vehicle’s registration.
  • Bring a map. While the GPS is helpful and convenient, you never know when you’ll lose technology will fail. An old-school paper map can be a lifesaver.

Stay safe from COVID-19

Bring face masks and hand sanitizer with you. Make sure to wash your hands frequently. Stay at least six feet apart from people who are outside of your group. Try to do as many activities outdoors as possible.

Contact a New York Car Accident Attorney

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