As you prepare for an extended trip in your vehicle, it's critical to think long and hard about your safety. Neglecting to do so increases the risk of an accident.
Here are three safety tips you must follow when taking a long trip in your car:
- Get enough sleep before departing: Drowsy driving is responsible for thousands of accidents, injuries and deaths every year. Stock your sleep time before hitting the road, as this helps protect against becoming drowsy. Also, if you find yourself getting sleepy, take a break.
- Make regular stops: There are many benefits of making stops, such as the ability to stretch and give your mind time to rest. Also, you can safely rehydrate and eat when your vehicle is stopped.
- Avoid distractions: The longer you're behind the wheel, the more likely you are to seek out distractions to pass the time. This commonly includes texting friends, conversing with passengers, scanning the radio for your favorite song, eating and drinking. If you find yourself becoming distracted, move to safety.
Even if you follow these three safety tips, another driver could cause an accident that results in serious injury or death.
If this occurs, move your vehicle to the side of the road, and call 911 to explain your situation. Since it's better to be safe than sorry, remain in your vehicle until police and an ambulance arrive.
Once you receive medical treatment, collect information pertaining to the accident. You can then file an insurance claim and seek out other ways to collect compensation from the negligent party.