The busy summer travel season is already underway and officials with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) are here to help make sure that your summer road trip is as safe as possible.
It’s important that you take the simple (and necessary) precautions to make sure that your vehicle is in good condition and that it’s ready to handle anything on our roadways. Officials are also looking to make sure that you’re calm and responsible behind the wheel.
Our Fort Lauderdale car accident attorneys understand that the summertime allows many friends and family members to get out and take a much-needed summer vacation. A majority of residents will be driving to their destinations. But with the increase in traffic and the wear and tear on our vehicles, we’ve got to make sure that we’re doing everything we can do stay safe.
Have a look at these safety tips to help ensure you’re making a safe trip:
Prepare Your Vehicle:
-Have your car tuned up periodically. Have your battery, your tires checked to make sure there will be no problems out there on your vacation journey.
-Check your windshield wipers. The last place you want to realize that they need to be changed is in the middle of a storm. Florida rainy season upon us and many are noticing their wipers did not make it through the winter.
-Check your lights. You want to make sure that the turn signals, the brake lights, the interior lights and the emergency flashers are all working properly. This is going to help ensure other motorists can see you and you can see what you’re doing.
-Check the air conditioning. You want to make sure it has the power to keep you cold. Lack of air conditioning on a hot summer day affects people who are in poor health or are sensitive to heat, such as children and seniors.
-Get an emergency roadside kit. Make sure you’ve got all the necessities for a breakdown before it happens. Keep extra drinking water, nonperishable food, jumper cables, flares, flags, flashlights, a first-aid kit and a cell phone with you at all times.
Lastly, you want to make sure that your driving skills are up to par. Make sure that you keep distractions from the driver’s seat and all of your attention on the road. Make sure you’re aware of the road laws in the areas that you’ll be traveling. Ensure that everyone in your vehicle is properly buckled in during each and every car ride. You also want to keep an eye out for other travelers. We’re talking about motorcyclists, pedestrians and bicyclists. They’ll be out sharing the roads during the summer travel season too, and it’s important to remember that they have just as much of a right to our roadways as you do.
We wish you a happy summer season and ask that you consider all of the safety options before setting out on your summer vacation.
If you or someone you love was injured in an accident, contact Freeman, Mallard, Sharp, & Gonzalez at 1-800-561-7777 for a free and confidential consultation to discuss your rights.
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