Summer is here, and that means more people are out on the roads visiting family and going on vacations. With all the added traffic, that means more of a possibility for car wrecks to happen. Driving during the summer months really can be that much more dangerous. The Fourth of July is the deadliest day to drive, and August is the deadliest month. So, safety is a really big issue when considering your summer driving plans.
Before you leave on a road trip, be sure to take the necessary steps to ensure your car is as safe as possible. Check all your fluids, tire pressure, and your brakes. Also, make sure that all your lights and windshield wipers work. Throughout the year, people might put off doing these things, but they could potentially save your life.
To avoid the hazard of distracted driving, let the passenger control the radio, GPS, and answer phone calls or text messages. As the driver, your responsibility is to keep your eyes on the road, and even glancing down for a second could be a costly mistake.
It’s also really important to know when to stop. Be sure to take breaks every couple hours, walk around, get a cup of coffee, etc. Sometimes, you might even need to find a safe place to get a few hours of sleep. It’s extremely important not to drive when you’re tired. Not only are you putting your own life at risk, but everyone in your car and everyone who’s sharing the road with you.
If you are involved in an accident on vacation, call 911 as soon as possible, and make sure that an accident report is done. Secondly, seek medical attention. Then, be sure to call an attorney that handles car wrecks. Even if you are out of state, Greene & Phillips can handle your case, and we are available 24/7.