Driving Safety Tips for Summer Travelers

Auto Accident LawyerThe summer is a wonderful time to pack up your things and go for an adventure. However, before you hit the road, you may want to make sure your vehicle is up for the challenge. If your vehicle can’t handle a long trip, you may want to rent a car from a company that allows unlimited mileage. This way, you won’t have to worry about putting miles on your vehicle.

Now that you are ready to go, here are a few driving safety tips to keep in mind:

  • Always use a navigator. It is advisable to have someone in the front passenger seat at all times who is awake with the driver. The navigator can give directions so that the driver can focus on the roadway. The front seat passenger can also make sure the driver is alert and not suffering from fatigue.

  • If you feel sleepy, pull over. After a few hours on the roadway, your eyelids may begin to feel heavy and your mind may begin to wander. This means that it’s time to take a break. Have someone else drive or at least take a break from driving until you feel ready to go. Fatigued driving can be as dangerous as drunk driving, so do not try to push through sleepiness while at the wheel.
  • Cut out all distractions. Make sure you don’t use your cell phone while driving. Save that for when you are a passenger.
  • Plan ahead. There are a number of highways that may be under construction this summer. Before hitting the roadway, research online if you will be driving through a construction zone and if an alternative route will save you time. You may also want to avoid the parts of Florida that are known as great tourist attractions. They will be crowded and the roadways will be filled with drivers who are not familiar with the roadway.
  • Leave plenty of space. Travel a few car lengths behind the vehicles in front of you so that you can maneuver around other vehicles in the event of an emergency.
  • Slow down. Do not try to get to your destination as soon as possible. If you travel the speed limit instead of speeding, you will save on gas and greatly decrease your chances of being in a fatal crash, which is ultimately the most important concern.
  • In the event of an accident, it is important that you research your legal rights and options. There are different liability issues that arise depending on what state you are driving in. In general, it is advisable to call the authorities, collect contact information, take photos and seek out medical attention in a timely manner. Call an experienced Florida personal injury attorney at Farah & Farah who can provide you with more information.