Road Trip Travel Tips for Summer

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Whether you want to head out on weekend adventures or embark on a cross-country journey, there are things you should know to keep you and your family safe on your travels. From packing essentials to defensive driving, these summer car safety tips will help ensure your next road trip runs smoothly.

Inspect Your Car Before You Leave

Before any trip, you should inspect your vehicle. Double-check that the tires are properly inflated and have enough tread. Perform an oil change if necessary, and stock up on windshield washer fluid.

You will also want to ensure that all your lights are working. Your car's headlights, brake lights, turn signals, and parking lights will help ensure you are visible on the road. These measures will increase the safety of your trip and help you get to your destination with minimal issues. 

Drive Defensively and Obey the Speed Limits

Defensive driving is key to staying safe on the road in the summer months. Driving defensively means being aware of your surroundings, concentrating on driving, and anticipating what other drivers might do so that you can adjust accordingly. Here are some basics tips on defensive driving:

  • Keep an appropriate distance between yourself and other vehicles
  • Always stay aware of what other drivers are doing around you
  • Never text while driving or engage in any other activities that can cause a distraction

In addition to defensive driving, you should always obey speed limits. No matter how defensively you drive, speed limits enhance safety by minimizing accidents. High-speed can be dangerous in busy cities or crowded highways, particularly during the summer travel season. Keep your speed down, stay alert, and focus on the road to avoid potential accidents or hazardous situations.

Take Regular Breaks to Avoid Fatigue

Fatigued drivers usually suffer from reduced awareness and attention and can react slowly. For this reason, you should give yourself plenty of breaks. It is also a good idea to plan your longer trips around when you are less likely to feel tired, for instance, in the mornings instead of late evenings.

According to the National Safety Council, you should take a 15-minute break after every two hours you drive. During these breaks, get out of the car and stretch your legs, take time for deep breathing, or do light movement to get your blood flowing to combat fatigue.

Contact a Knoxville Car Accident Attorney in Case of an Accident

The above tips can help ensure your next summer road trip is enjoyable and safe. However, accidents can occur anytime, and you may not always have control over them. 

Having someone to turn to for legal advice if you experience an auto accident is essential. If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident in Tennessee, contact a Knoxville car accident attorney as soon as possible.

At the Law Offices of G. Turner Howard III, we will provide aggressive legal representation for your personal injury claim, negotiate with insurance companies, and file a lawsuit if necessary. Contact us today to get the legal assistance you deserve.

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