Road Trip Safety Tips
Summer may be winding down, but a lot of people are thinking about taking that last road trip of the season. It’s an American tradition, after all, as old as Route 66 and the Model T. Manifest destiny on a personal level: seeing the wide-open country for oneself.
But it’s important to stay safe on the road. After all, a lot of things can happen to the stranger in a strange land. As much of a hassle as it is to deal with a car that breaks down halfway home from work, it’s an enormous pain to get your car fixed when you’re a thousand miles away. Because of this, it’s a good idea to keep a few general safety tips in mind as you pack the duffel bag and fire up the car:
- Drive responsibly. If you’re on the road with a bunch of friends, it’s tempting to mess around and not pay ample attention to the road. But horseplay causes accidents. When the driver’s attention is diverted from the road, he or she is more likely to get into an accident. If you’re the driver, make sure your passengers behave responsibly; if you’re the passenger, make sure your behavior doesn’t distract the driver.
- Trade off driving responsibilities. Fatigue can set in after a few hours behind the wheel, staring into the gently rolling road for hours at a stretch. Make sure you trade off drivers every few hours to prevent highway hypnosis and tiredness from leading to an accident.
- Plan ahead. Have your car stocked with adverse weather gear to handle any inclement conditions you may face on your trip. A little bit of forethought can be the difference between a fun getaway and a 1500-mile trip to the emergency room.
If you or someone you love has been injured on a road trip, contact a Milwaukee personal injury lawyer from Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, by calling (414) 271-0900.