The California Highway Patrol (CHP) just issued their Cool Tips for Safe Summer Trips. With kids out of school for summer and families going on road trip vacations, officials with the CHP want to make sure everybody has safe and enjoyable trips. With a little bit of planning, motorists can do their best to avoid potential breakdowns or worse. From pre-trip planning to on-the-road safety, the CHP has a variety of great tips to help make sure your summer road trip is safe and well prepared for.
Pre-Road Trip Planning
- Make sure all vehicle maintenance is up to date.
- Check tires, air conditioning, belts and hoses, fluid levels, interior and exterior lights and wiper blades.
- Pre-program all GPS directions in advance.
- Pack paper directions and maps in the event of a device malfunction, loss of connection or battery issue.
- Pack plenty of water in the vehicle, in case of a breakdown in the heat.
Rules of the Road
Unfortunately, carefree summer road trips aren’t always carefree. To make sure you and your family have a successful road trip, safety needs to be a top priority. Above all, this means making a dedication to distraction-free driving. Never text or use any type of mobile device when you are behind the wheel. Designate a passenger to be a navigator, and also let that person deal with any calls or texts that arise.
Also, make sure everybody in the vehicle is buckled up at all times. Buckling up is the single most effective way to protect yourself in the event of a crash. Children should be secured in size and age-appropriate car seats or booster seats.
Planning For The Unexpected
Finally, make sure to plan for the unexpected. Breakdowns, road construction, work zones, and detours can all impact your trip. It can also be difficult navigating through unfamiliar areas, so allow for plenty of time to get to your next destination. Finally, always move over or slow down when passing vehicles with emergency or warning lights on. This includes first responders like police vehicles, ambulances, Caltrans work vehicles and even tow trucks.
The team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. wishes everybody a safe and happy summer road trip season, and if you have been injured in a car accident in San Diego or anywhere along the Central Coast, contact our skilled team at 1.800.GO.HARRIS for a free case consultation today.