Hitting the road for your next vacation?
The attorneys at Ashenden & Hollingsworth, P.C., want Georgia drivers to be extra cautious when it comes to their next adventure. Whether it’s appropriately prepping your car, getting enough sleep, or staying hydrated, these tips can help you stay safe on the road and have the best trip possible.
How to Stay Safe on the Road When Driving Long Distances
Pack a safety emergency kit.
Having an emergency kit on your road trip is essential. Our team recommends including small household items, such as water bottles, Band-Aids, a cell phone charger, warm blankets, and flashlight. It’s also good to keep a bag of car-specific items, such as jumper cables and flares, in your kit as well.
Take breaks from driving.
Long road trips can be exhausting! If you feel tired, it’s important to pull over and take breaks, or take turns driving with another passenger. Taking breaks along the way to refresh and refuel can help you fight fatigue. Tired driving and lack of sleep is a major cause of auto and trucking accidents, so staying alert is key for long road trips.
Keep an eye on the skies.
Keep an eye out for any inclement weather and plan your trip accordingly. If you foresee bad weather, make a plan to spend a few hours indoors, visiting a local museum, eating lunch or other activities, until the storm passes.
Prime your car.
Before any long trips, be sure your vehicle is in tip-top shape. Make sure the tires are properly inflated and all fluids are at their proper levels. Windshield wiper fluid is very important, too, although 60% of Americans tend to forget it.
Put down the phone.
Texting and driving has become a huge problem. Taking your eyes off the road to fumble around with your phone can be especially dangerous. If you feel tempted to look at your phone while driving, try storing it out of sight.
Call Ashenden & Hollingsworth, P.C. If you’ve been in an auto accident
Even when you proceed with extra caution, automobile or trucking accidents can still occur. In fact, 2.6 million people were injured in traffic accidents, making it the leading cause of injuries in the United States. Unfortunately, if a driver becomes distracted and takes his or her eyes off the road for even a second, a serious auto accident can happen.
If you or a loved one have been involved in a car accident in the state of Georgia, the law firm of Ashenden & Hollingsworth, P.C. can help. As one of Georgia’s leading personal injury law firms, our legal team has the expertise to help you get just compensation for your auto accident injury case.