If your family is one of many in Chicago that will be packing up the car and heading out on a road trip, you should always realize the importance of safety before and during your trip. Here are some safety tips for your summer trip:
- Plan – Road trips can take you into new territory, so it’s always helpful to familiarize yourself with the route ahead of time. You can also plan when you may stop and where you can stay along the way. Program a GPS or other navigational tools ahead of time so that you don’t have to do so while driving.
- Inspect your car – Always have your vehicle inspected and tuned up before a road trip to prevent any unexpected problems. You want to ensure your brakes and tires are in good condition and will last for a long trip.
- Stay organized – Many distractions can occur for drivers whose car is unorganized. If your children need toys or snacks from the front seat, it can be distracting to search for them while you’re driving and to hand them into the backseat. Many other distractions can be minimized with organization ahead of time.
- Don’t be afraid to stop – If you’re getting tired, need to find something in the car, need to check your email or directions, or anything else, never hesitate to pull into a gas station and take care of business or rest before getting back on the road.
Staying as safe as possible can help prevent crashes on your road trip. However, in some situations, you may be in an accident no matter how careful you are because of the negligent acts of others. If another driver caused a crash and you or your family members are injured, that driver should be held liable for your medical bills, lost income, pain and suffering, and other losses.