For many Indiana residents, summer is a season of excitement and travel. Many families pack their bags after school is out and hit the road for a much-needed vacation. However, with a lot of people traveling at the same time, roadways get crowded, especially during peak travel hours. Here are some summer driving and travel tips that could help motorists arrive at their destinations safely.
Vehicle checks and maintenance
Before hitting the road, check the vehicle thoroughly and make sure it is ready for travel. Be sure to check the tread on each tire and make sure they are inflated to the manufacturer’s recommended pressure. Also check the oil, gas and fluid levels, as well as the coolant.
Plan the route
Be sure to check road conditions, weather and traffic prior to heading out. Also, study maps and directions to become familiar with the route. Most importantly, do not rush and allow plenty of time to reach the destination.
Always stay alert behind the wheel and avoid distracted or drowsy driving. Plan enough time to make stops to stretch, eat or return calls or text messages. If fatigued, take time to rest or change drivers.
The aftermath of an accident
These tips can help travelers avoid accidents and arrive safely at their destinations. Unfortunately, motor vehicle accidents can happen no matter how safe or prepared a driver is. Those in Indiana who are injured in motor vehicle accidents caused by the negligence of another party have the right to speak with a knowledgeable legal professional about pursuing damages. A successful lawsuit could result in victims receiving much-needed compensation to aid in their recovery.