Stay Safe on Your Summer Road Trip
It's summertime in Texas, which means vacations and road trips. With great destinations, gas prices that are about a dollar less than last year and wonderful weather, the road trip is a Texas staple. These road trips can be enormously fun, educational and entertaining, as long as you and your family make it to your destination safely.
However, safety takes planning, so keep some things in mind as you hit the open road this summer:
- If you're using GPS, program it before you leave for your destination, not while you're driving. Make sure your vehicle's hands-free devices are working properly, so as to avoid as many distractions as possible. According to some studies, as many as 80% of vehicle crashes involve a distraction of some kind, and distracted driving is now a major hazard on Texas roads, directly leading to more than 100,000 crashes last year, and the numbers are continuing to rise every year, so the less you have to take your eyes and mind off the road, the better for everyone.
- Check your car before you leave. Make sure you have everything you need to change a tire, should that become necessary, and if necessary, practice changing the tire, as well. There isn't much that's worse than having to change a flat in the hot Texas summer sun. Check your vehicle's oil and all fluid levels, especially the radiator in the summer, are where they should be.
- If at all possible, choose a route that avoids heavy traffic, or that goes the opposite way of rush hour traffic.
- Check for construction zones and try to avoid them, if at all possible. However, if you can't avoid all of them, follow the signs and traffic control workers at every road construction site and keep the workers safe.
- Follow the rules of the road and focus on getting to your destination safely, not quickly. Stay with traffic and as close to the speed limit as possible. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), speeding was a factor in accidents resulting in 10,219 fatalities in 2012. Also, make sure everyone in the car is buckled up and stay alert to traffic signs and, especially, obey road construction signs and keep road workers safe, as well.
- Let other drivers know what you're doing. If the other drivers on the road know what your next move will be, the less likely you and your family will be an accident statistic. Use your turn signals whenever you are turning or changing lanes and flash your brake lights and slow down gradually, to let the drivers behind you know you plan to stop, or at least slow down. That also serves as a warning to them of a potential hazard ahead that they may not even see.
Texas Auto Accident Lawyers
The Auto Accident Attorneys at Blizzard Law PLLC have represented accident victims for a long time now, and we want as many Texans as possible to have a fun and safe summer road trip, so do everything possible to make that happen by practicing safe driving.