During the summer months, many people plan road trips to see friends and family or to explore the country. If you are taking a road trip this summer, you will want to take a few steps now to make sure that your trip only offers great memories:
Take care of your car.
Before going on an extended road trip, make sure that your car is in good enough condition to handle the drive. Take your car to a trusted mechanic for a thorough look over and take care of any issues before you go. Have your oil changed, fluids topped up, and make sure that your windshield wipers are in good repair. Mechanical failure causes many Hollywood and Florida car crashes; taking good care of your car can help you avoid some of these common causes of collisions.
Plan wisely and in advance.
Plan your trip carefully before you go, especially if you’re headed into unfamiliar territory. Have maps and an easy-to-access and easy-to-read plan to get to your destination. If possible, use a GPS device rather than having to look at a roadmap and take your eyes off the road. Make sure that you plan plenty of time for sleep, rest, and rest breaks, especially if you’ll be traveling over long distances. Planning carefully can help you avoid distracted driving and fatigued driving.
Consider traveling in a group to distribute driving responsibility.
Traveling with one or two extra people can not only make your trip more fun, but it allows you to split up the driving. A copilot can care of reading maps and giving you directions or helping you take care of other tasks (such as answering the phone) while you put your full focus on driving.
Pack your car well.
Pack light where possible, but make sure that you have water bottles, an emergency kit, and anything else you need within easy reach. If you’ll be driving in Hollywood and around Florida, make sure that you have sunscreen, hats, and sunglasses to stay comfortable as you drive. Florida heat and sun can wreak havoc with your ability to focus.
Try to place as much of your belongings in the trunk as possible. Keep in mind that if you are in a serious car accident, anything in your car may become a projectile. Having luggage flying around the interior compartment can cause severe head injuries or other serious injuries. Having too much in the backseat can also obscure your vision and can increase your risk of a car accident.
Have you been injured while traveling in Hollywood or South Florida? Contact Flaxman Law Group to arrange for a free, no obligation case review to review your options. If your injuries were caused by negligence or recklessness, you may qualify for compensation. The legal team at the law offices of Flaxman Law Group would be happy to tell you more and to explain whether you qualify for a legal claim.