Safety Tips for Road Trips
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed so many aspects of daily life for people across the country. To limit potential exposure to the virus, many people are taking road trips rather than flying. Unfortunately, more vehicles on the road does mean higher chances of car crashes.
The Oklahoma City, OK, car accident attorneys at the Tawwater Law Firm would like to share some safety tips for road trips and long drives. This advice will help keep you and your loved ones safe on the road, and allow you to travel with as few worries as possible.
Service and Maintenance Your Vehicle
Before any long drive, check that your car is in good shape for the trip. We recommend the following:
- Make sure tires are sturdy and properly inflated
- Get an oil change if you’re due for one
- Double check all fluid levels in the vehicle
- Replace the windshield wipers if they’re old
- Examine all of the fuses and lightbulbs
Pack Some Necessities
For any long drive, be sure to pack some necessities for safety and comfort. This could include:
- Snack foods
- First aid kit
- Car emergency kit
- Gas can full of gas
- Hands-free cell phone device
- Hygiene products and toiletries
- Prescription medications
- Spare PPE (e.g., masks and gloves)
Plan Your Route Ahead of Time
Before you leave Oklahoma City, make sure you’ve looked up the travel route to your destination. It helps to consider alternate routes in case of road closures or other unforeseen circumstances.
Reserve Hotel Rooms and Accommodations Beforehand
If you’re driving for multiple days, make sure you book your accommodations ahead of time along your travel route. This gives you a chance to call ahead to hotels, motels, or Airbnbs to check on safety protocols and any other concerns you may have.
Check the Weather Before You Leave
Before your road trip gets underway, check the weather. Rain, snow, and other poor conditions can affect travel times, and it’s easier to adjust to these issues if you are ready for them. Continue to monitor the weather and road conditions throughout your trip.
Plan for Rests and Restroom Breaks
Rest is essential even if you’re trying to make good time on your road trip. Be sure to get out to stretch your legs and prevent driver fatigue. You should also get a full night’s sleep to avoid drowsiness behind the wheel.
Stop for Full Meals
Snacking a little while driving is not enough to satisfy your hunger. Find a rest stop, restaurant, or safe place to stop and enjoy a full meal. Eating lunch or dinner when the vehicle is parked is much safer than trying to eat a full meal on the road.
Always Wear Your Seatbelt
Seatbelts save lives. Whenever you are in the vehicle as a driver or a passenger, you should be wearing your seatbelt. Be smart and buckle up.
Always observe the rules of the road while on a road trip. Follow the posted speed limit, use turn signals, keep both hands on the wheel, and never drink and drive.
Speak with Skilled Accident Lawyers
If you live in the Oklahoma City area and have legal questions for our team, do not hesitate to ask. We encourage you to schedule a consultation with our attorneys online or give our law firm a call at (405) 607-1400.