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Staying Safe on the Road this Summer

We are finally moving beyond the pandemic, and there is no denying that we are all a bit stir crazy. If you are planning a road trip this summer, no one can blame you for wanting to spread your wings a bit, but it is important to recognize that you are not the only one who has landed on this idea and that staying safe out there is paramount. Fortunately, there are some universal tips that can help you do just that.

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Wear Your Seatbelt

It’s as simple as this – seatbelts save lives. Make it your policy to always buckle up and to never hit the gas until everyone in your vehicle has followed suit. The National Safety Council shares the following eye-opening statistics:

  • Wearing a seatbelt is the single most important thing that you can do to help prevent serious injuries (or worse) in a car accident.

  • Motorists who buckle up for safety are 50 percent less likely to sustain moderate injuries and are 45 percent less likely to be killed in car accidents.

  • In 2017, seat belts saved nearly 15,000 lives in passenger vehicle crashes.

Those statistically most likely to forego the safety of seat belts include:

It’s important that everyone recognizes exactly how important it is to buckle up every single time.

Read more: Seat Belt Usage in Texas Car Accident Cases

Keep Your Car Well Maintained

If your car isn’t roadworthy, your epic journey could be doomed from the start. Always keep your car in safe working condition, with an eye toward the following:

  • Ensuring that your tires are ready to roll (by having them checked, rotated, and balanced professionally)

  • Ensuring that your vehicle receives regular tune-ups

  • Following through with all regularly scheduled maintenance for your vehicle

Discuss your plans for a road trip with your mechanic and follow his or her advice regarding any additional maintenance or work that should be performed.

Get Situated Before Heading Out

Don’t take off and then get down to the business of adjusting your steering wheel, seat, and whatnot after the fact. Part of driving safely is ensuring that your car is ready for you, which means checking all of the following:

  • Making sure that your seat is comfortable and that you are safely positioned for steering accurately and operating the vehicle’s accelerator and brakes safely

  • Checking to ensure that your rearview and side mirrors are properly positioned to allow you a clear view behind and to the side of your vehicle

  • Adjusting your GPS, climate control, and radio so you won’t need to fiddle with them behind the wheel

  • Planning your route – even with a GPS (which can lose service and leave you in the lurch unexpectedly), it is always a good idea to know where you are going and to have a plan

An Experienced Killeen Car Accident Attorney Can Help

Brett Pritchard at The Law Office of Brett H. Pritchard – proudly serving Killeen, Texas – is a dedicated car accident attorney whose practice focuses on helping clients like you fully recover financially for their losses. We’re here to help, so please do not hesitate to contact or call us at 254-501-4040 today.

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