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Summer travel tips

With summer vacation upon us, it is important to remember some simple safety tips to help keep you and your loved ones safe.  A little planning and prevention can go a long way in avoiding future breakdowns and accidents.


Before leaving on any trip, it is important to have a safety checklist.  A safety checklist should include checking your lights, fluid levels (oil, brakes, wiper fluid), seat belts, wiper blades, air conditioning, and tires.  Making sure each item is in check will help prevent a possible roadside breakdown or costly trip to a mechanic.  An important part of the safety checklist is tire pressure.  An easy way to check tire pressure is by putting a penny upside down in the top of your tire.  If you can see the top of Lincoln's head, then your treads are too worn and it is probably time for new tires.


In addition to a safety checklist, it is crucial to always pack an emergency roadside kit.  An emergency kit should include a phone charger, flashlight, batteries, emergency blanket, first aid kit, jumper cables, and a map. Lastly, before you get going, always be sure to check that each passenger is buckled up and any booster seats/car seats are properly installed and secured.


Once you are on the road, it is a good idea to stop along the way for bathroom breaks, stretch breaks, and to eat.  Always stop and rest instead of driving all night, especially if there is only one driver.  Sleepy driving can be as dangerous as drunk driving.  If you begin to feel drowsy are having difficulty staying awake, pull over. 


It is important to properly share the road with others, specifically motorcycles, bicycles and pedestrians.  Be careful not to distract yourself when driving.  Common distractions that can take your eyes off the road include texting, eating, music, and interacting with passengers.  Always be extra attentive in areas with children such as school zones and residential neighborhoods.


 During summer time it is important to take some extra precautions in consideration of the heat and time of year.  Always be sure everyone has exited the vehicle before locking it.  Accidently leaving a child or pet in the car can have deadly consequences in the summer months.  The body heat of a child can increase three to five times faster than an adult inside a hot car, leading to the possibility of a heat stroke or death. 

Following simple summer safety tips and taking adequate precautions can ensure smooth vacations and prevent any unforeseen accidents or injuries on the road. If , unfortunately, you or someone in your family is involved in a motor vehicle accident and needs assitance, contact Miller Law Firm for a free consultation.



Source: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration:

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