Summer has finally arrived and New Englanders far and wide are hitting the road en route to their summer vacation. From Cape Cod to Maine to Newport, the roadways seem to get jammed every summer with vacationers anxious to make the most of their time off from work or school.
Naturally, the roads get busier, and thus, it becomes more difficult for driver to get around. More drivers on the road mean more obstacles to avoid and unfortunately, an increased chance of getting into an accident. Even the smallest fender-bender can put a damper on your summer trip. Stay safe this summer by keeping the following driving tips in mind:
Inspect Your Vehicle
The very first thing that drivers should do before venturing out is check their car, motorcycle or RV. Pay particular attention to your brakes, steering, headlights and blinkers, tire pressure and wipers. All are important as if they are not working properly, can be the main cause of an accident. Also be sure to fuel up before each trip and be sure your vehicle’s battery is functioning sufficiently.
It’s also a good idea to bring with you an emergency kit that includes jumper cables, spare tire/jack, flashlight, and tire gauge. In the event that your vehicle breaks down, these items can help get you back on the road as quickly as possible. If you subscribe to a roadside assistance service, make sure to have their phone number on speed dial.
Practice Good Habits
While it’s wise to inspect your vehicle for any possible hazards, don’t forget about yourself if you are the one driving your friends or family. Always keep your eyes on the road and look out for potential accident causes. Avoid texting or looking at your phone, adjusting the radio, or reaching down to grab something you dropped. If you need assistance, as the person in the passenger’s seat to be your co-pilot.
If you have been traveling for several hours, consider taking a break to rest, stretch your legs, and use the restroom. If you begin to get tired, pull over at the next rest stop and switch with another person who is willing to take your place.
Don’t Forget The Accident App!
In addition to an emergency kit, it’s also a great idea to have The Accident App installed on your smartphone. The app allows users to contact emergency services and record details about the accident that may help you in the outcome of your personal injury case. It’s free to download and can be quite a lifesaver should you ever have to use it. Download it today by clicking on the links below: