Young families often take numerous road trips, such as for vacation or to visit friends and family far away. This is a far more affordable option than flying. In addition, while it may lengthen your overall travel time, it is easy to transport all of the gear you and your kids need to feel comfortable will far from home. Car accidents, however, are common. The last thing you may want to do is to get in an accident on your next trip. These simple steps can keep you and your loved ones safer on the road.
You may take every step possible to drive defensively and to obey posted speed limit signs. However, you share the road with others, and accidents can happen. All passengers in the vehicle should be buckled at all times. Ensure that your little ones are in safety seats and that they are car seats are properly installed. Also, pay attention the height and weight limits for your kids’ safety seats.
Get Your Vehicle Properly Serviced
Issues related to poor vehicle maintenance can easily lead to car accidents. For example, overheating, transmission issues and more may occur when you are putting heavy strain on your vehicle. It is wise to take your vehicle for a maintenance check and basic service before you embark on a long journey.
Check the Tires
Your tires play a critical role in your vehicle’s condition, and they require special attention. Ensure that each tire is properly inflated. Also, check the tread on the tires to ensure that they offer a safe driving experience. If necessary, invest in a tire rotation or even new tires before your trip.
Time and Place
Many young families on a road trip will spend long hours on the road, and this often includes darkened hours. However, it is best to travel during the daytime, if possible. You and other drivers may be less sleepy and more alert during the day. There is less likelihood of being hit by a drunk driver. In addition, the roads and signs are easier to see.
Some places are safer to drive than others. Aggressive drivers in Colorado, Utah, and California have given the American West a poor reputation for driver safety. In general, surface streets and intersections have a higher propensity for car accidents, but speed is the biggest multiplier for fatality risk.
Check Weather Forecasts
Poor weather conditions can increase your risk on the road. This includes slick roads from a rain storm, poor visibility from fog, slippery roads from ice and snow and more. Look at the current and future weather conditions for your entire travel route. In some cases, you may consider taking a different path to enjoy safer driving conditions.
While many young families will travel frequently without incident, the reality is that accidents can and do occur. You can follow these excellent tips to enjoy a safer travel experience.