Safety Tips for Road Trips
Since the safety of air travel during the COVID-19 pandemic is questionable, many people are avoiding crowded airports and airplanes and taking road trips instead. While traveling by car limits infection risk, drivers and their passengers face an increased risk of auto accidents.
The Daytona Beach and Palm Coast, FL, lawyers at Chanfrau & Chanfrau believe that everyone traveling during this time should be responsible. With that in mind, our skilled car accident attorneys would like to share some road trip safety tips that will help you and your loved ones feel more comfortable and free from harm.
Make Sure Your Car Is Ready for the Road Trip
Before any long drive, it’s important that you make sure your vehicle is ready for the road. That means getting a tune-up or service if you’re due. We also recommend the following when it comes to your vehicle:
- Check fluid levels and change fluids when necessary
- Check tire condition and tire pressure
- Check windshield wipers and wiper fluid
- Check headlights, brake lights, and turn signals
- Check fuses and other electrical components
Pack Your Road Trip Essentials
It’s always a good idea to keep your vehicle stocked with essentials for a long drive. Some common items to pack for road trips include:
- Snack foods
- First aid kit
- Vehicle emergency kit
- Hands-free kit for your phone
- Spare tire
- A filled gas can
- Prescription medications
- Hygiene products and toiletries
- Extra masks, gloves, and hand sanitizer
- A blanket
- An umbrella and/or raincoat
Check the Weather and Plan Your Travel
When you reach your destination, the weather may not be the same as it is here in Daytona Beach. Monitor the weather before you leave as well as during your road trip so you can account for rain, snow, or other potential issues that affect traction and visibility.
Be sure to plan your road trip ahead of time and have these directions handy. It’s also worth considering directions via alternate routes in case of road closures or other emergencies.
Book Hotels Ahead of Time
Rather than looking for vacancies on the road, you can book accommodations before you set out. This will help you check with hotels, motels, and Airbnbs about safety measures and if you have any accessibility requirements.
Make Time for Rest, Stops and Meals
Making good time is important on road trips, but you should also take time to stretch, use the restroom, and get some fresh air. This helps prevent driver fatigue, which is a common cause of collisions during long drives.
Having a simple snack behind the wheel is relatively safe. For a full breakfast, lunch, or dinner, however, you will want to be parked and not operating the vehicle. This is a great opportunity to rest and enjoy your food safely.
Buckle Up and Follow the Rules of the Road
Wearing a seatbelt can save your life. Whenever a vehicle is in motion, everyone in the vehicle should have their seatbelt on.
Always follow the posted speed limit and be mindful of any signs you encounter during your road trip. Keep both hands on the wheel and, most importantly, never drive while under the influence.
Contact the Lawyers of Chanfrau & Chanfrau
If you or someone you care about has been injured in an auto collision, our law firm is here to help. To speak with our skilled team of attorneys about your case, schedule a legal consultation online or call our office at (386) 258-7313.