Road Trip Safety

by Jeff Oetting / 22 June 2017 / No Comments

Out of all the months with warm and hot weather, July and August tends to be more popular among most families that take vacation time to go on a trip. Of course, this means if you’re planning on taking a road trip in July month, you need to be safe!

Besides, 91% of summer trips are taken in personal vehicles, with the average distance driven being 284 miles one way(statisticbrain.com). What does this mean? This means that there’s always a big risk of an accident when taking summer road trips.

So, we’ve put together a list of ways you can stay safe during a road trip.

 

Go for a tune up

This is probably one of the best safety precautions you can take before a long road trip. Make sure your car is in good condition for a long drive. Some things you may want to check on can consist of; making sure tire are properly inflated and not “bald”, all fluids are at their recommended levels, and that neither your engine, or brake lights are on.

This will allow you to determine whether your car is in good enough condition for a road trip. It is best to have a professional mechanic inspect your vehicle, versus inspecting your vehicle yourself.

 

Get a good night’s rest

Driving drowsy contributes to 100,000 accidents annually according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). To avoid falling victim to this inconvenience, it’s important to be well rested, and if possible, take turns driving with another adult.

 

Keep a safety kit

When going on a road trip, the NHTSA suggests to pack the following items;

  • Tools to change a tire
  • First aid kit
  • Flashlight
  • Jumper Cables
  • Water
  • A fully charged cell phone

 

Properly install booster seat

Of course, you can’t leave the little one at home if you’re going on a family road trip! However, did you know that 8 out of 10 booster seats are not installed properly? That could pose as a huge issue if an accident were to occur. Putting your little on in harm’s way. You can call 866-SEAT-CHECK to find a nearby location for a free safety seat inspection!

 

Avoid Driving non-stop

Many individuals choose not to stop during a road trip. They want to arrive at their destination as soon as possible, which is understandable. However, by doing this sometimes, you put yourself in danger of making many mistakes behind the wheel due to being exhausted.

Our recommendation is that you make pit stops every now and then, and grab a snack to refuel while resting.

If possible, share the responsibility of driving with another passenger in the car. That way, you can watch after one another while getting some rest and enjoying the trip.

 

Trips are very common in July and August, especially road trips. This is why we compiled this list to ensure the safety of everyone who’s planning on taking a road trip this month. If you have any questions or want any more tips, feel free to give us a call at (217) 345-7063.

About the author:

Jeff Oetting, President of Bob Oetting & Associates has been helping families plan for their futures for the past 23 years. Jeff holds an MBA from Eastern Illinois University. In addition to working with his clients to help develop insurance strategies tailored to individuals and families, Jeff is also an instructor in the College of Business at Eastern Illinois University. He is a Certified Insurance Counselor and Certified Risk Manager.

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