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Staying safe on summer road trips

On Behalf of | Apr 14, 2024 | PERSONAL INJURY (PLAINTIFF) - Motor Vehicle Accidents

With summer approaching, many families will be taking to the road and heading to vacation destinations. Traveling during summer can be more hectic than at other times of the year. Not only are roadways more crowded in summer but weather and temperatures can be extreme in Indiana. Here are some things to keep in mind to help travelers stay safe on road trips. 

Vehicle maintenance 

Before heading out, it’s important to do proper maintenance on the vehicle and make sure it’s good to go. Check coolant, motor oil and other fluid levels periodically to ensure they are at appropriate levels. Hot summer temperatures will also have adverse effects on the vehicle’s tires. Examine tires often for any visible signs of damage and make sure each tire is filled to the manufacturer’s recommended inflation pressure. 

Stay alert 

Driving for long periods of time during a road trip can be exhausting. Staying focused and alert behind the wheel is imperative for safety. Never attempt to drive while drowsy. When fatigue or drowsiness starts setting in, stop to stretch, get something to eat or switch drivers. 

Avoid risky behaviors 

It can be tempting to try to make good time on road trips and drive faster than normal. However, speeding is incredibly dangerous, especially when other vehicles are present. Always obey posted speed limits and do not text or drive distracted.  

Help after an accident 

Unfortunately, accidents can happen no matter how prepared or cautious drivers are. Any person in Indiana who suffers injuries in a car accident caused by the negligence of another party can benefit by consulting a seasoned personal injury attorney. Damages from a successful lawsuit could help victims pay medical expenses and replace lost wages. 



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