Summertime is a great time to step outside of your safety and comfort zone and find ways to explore the world at large. While trips, both abroad and internationally can be incredibly rewarding and life changing, they can also be dangerous if you don’t follow proper safety protocol.
When traveling during summer road trips, the following steps can help you to be safe.
– Have your car inspected before you leave on your summer road trips in order to make sure that it is proper working order and not likely to break down unexpectedly.
– Plan out a route to drive on so that you are unlikely to be lost and distracted while on the road. Being lost on the road is likely to add to confusion and increase the chance that you get into an accident.
– Look up the rules of the road if you will be traveling in a foreign country that has different driving rules. Be sure to understand the areas that are riskier than other areas and use public transportation or taxis in these locations if possible.
– Make sure that any individuals who will be sharing the driving responsibility with you will have some familiarity with the vehicle that they will be driving on the road trip and won’t be confused operating the vehicle.
– Make sure that you have sufficient rest stops and are not overly tired, hungry, or dehydrated while on a summer road trip. Don’t push yourself to fast or far and pressure yourself to go too fast to get to a location on time.
– Be sure to avoid drugs and alcohol on the road or on your trip as they can have a significantly negative impact on your driving.
Summer road trips can be enjoyable and a great way to step outside the routine that is part of your everyday life. Being safe while doing so is important to keep yourself and your loved ones safe, as well as other drivers on the road. Be responsible and safe this summer while on the road with these safety tips.
Distracted driving is a very serious matter and should not be taken lightly. Many people are often unaware that they are even habitual distracted drivers. Something so little as checking on your child in the backseat or turning the radio station, for two seconds your eyes are not focused on that road ahead of you, an accident occurs. What’s even scarier is that it’s the leading cause of death amongst teens in the U.S. We need to all become more aware of this selfish action and save our families, and anyone else.
Fortunately, there are ways that we can be more precautious and more aware about distracted driving. Cell phones seem to be a huge problem and it’s quite simple, the call or text can wait. If it’s that important, pull over and take the call. If you are a parent, talk to your kids about how important it is to pay attention to the road, especially when friends are in the car. Grow a trust and bond with them through driving and things can be a lot safer. There are even pretend car crash videos that will make anyone think twice about not paying attention ever again. Which then leads us to eating and drinking while driving. We don’t think that taking our hands off the wheel, or looking down for whatever it is we need in our car, for 5 seconds is that long. But think about how fast you are going and the distance a car can go in that amount of time, you could have double or even tripled a football field.
In closing, we need to spread more awareness. If you are in the car with someone and they begin to text or take a call, stand up for yourself and tell them it can wait. Not only are they putting you at risk, but themselves, and others that are driving near. Paying attention while driving is the main focus in being a successful driver. Now that you have the knowledge, you have the power to help save lives and make people aware of the dangers of what will happen if you drive while being distracted.