Road trip safety tips for the summer traveler

On Behalf of The Law Offices of Goldfine & Bowles, P.C.

July 5, 2017

Are you hitting the road this summer? Are you looking forward to spending some time on the open road?

If you have a road trip on your schedule, it goes without saying that you are excited about jumping in the driver’s seat.

Unfortunately, many people don’t know what it takes to prepare for a road trip. This could result in taking an unnecessary safety risk.

Here are some top road trip safety tips to follow:

  • Get enough sleep before hitting the road. You should do whatever it takes to build up your energy reserves before driving for a long period of time. Along with this, you should never stay on the road if you are finding it difficult to remain alert.
  • Fuel your body. Just the same as your vehicle, you need to fuel your body before your road trip. This means eating healthy food and taking your vitamins.
  • Stay hydrated. Many people overlook the fact that dehydration can sap them of energy. Keep a bottle of water close to you at all times.
  • Stop often. You may be in a hurry to reach your destination, but it’s imperative that you stop often as to stretch your legs and give your mind a break.
  • Practice proper posture. Don’t slouch when driving, as this prevents maximum blood flow and can lead to muscle aches and cramps. Do your best to remain in a straight, upright position at all times.
  • Avoid distractions. Even though you may become bored at some point, you should never engage in distractions, such as your cell phone, when driving. This holds true regardless of how many people are on the road or your experience behind the wheel.

When you follow these road trip safety tips, you’re more likely to reach your destination without incident.

If another driver causes an accident, you should move your vehicle to safety and call for help.

Also, don’t hesitate to receive medical treatment at a local hospital, as you need to know what types of injuries you are dealing with.

Finally, you should learn more about your legal rights, as the at-fault party may be responsible for your injuries and other damages.