10 Tips for Summer Travel Safety
Whether it’s a family beach bash, a long weekend at one of Arkansas’ state parks, or a trip to cheer on your favorite team, summer means travel. Make it a summer to remember (for all the right reasons) with these 10 travel safety tips:
1. Go for a tune-up. Help ensure your family’s safety before hitting the road. Have a certified mechanic check your tires, lights, battery, fluid levels, belts, and air conditioning system.
2. Repeat after me: It can wait. Cell phone use is a major cause of distracted driving accidents. It’s not only dangerous; texting while driving is also illegal in many states. Resist the temptation with Apple’s “Do Not Disturb While Driving” feature.
3. If you drink, don’t drive. There’s simply no safe way to drink and drive. Any amount of alcohol can impair your decision making and reaction time. It’s not worth the risk.
4. Take a break. Drowsy driving is impaired driving. Take turns in the driver’s seat, stop every few hours, and divide longer trips into two or more days.
5. Share the road. Sunny skies and warm weather mean more bikers are hitting the road. Expect to see bicycles and motorcycles as you drive. Avoid drifting, check your blind spots before changing lanes, and give bikers plenty of room.
6. Stop for pedestrians. Keep an eye out for walkers and runners, especially in popular vacation areas. If you’re the one traveling by foot, stick to marked crosswalks. Never assume the driver is going to yield.
7. Come on, get app-y! These days, there’s an app for everything. Try Waze,which uses crowd-sourced updates to give you the most up-to-date info on accidents, traffic jams, and detours, or Roadtrippers, which helps you plan a route that encompasses the best sights of any city.
8. Look before you lock. There’s never a safe time to leave your child in the car, especially on vacation when you’re out of a routine and more likely to make a mistake. Vehicle interiors can reach deadly temperatures in minutes.
9. Check travel advisories. Before leaving for an international trip, check for any travel advisories or warnings on the U.S. State Department website.
10. Play it safe on social media. It’s natural to want to share your family fun, but you can never be sure who will see your photos and view them as an invitation to an empty house. At a minimum, avoid sharing your out-of-town location.
While you’re out and about this summer, keep these tips in mind to keep your family safe on the road! To contact an expert or learn more about Taylor King Law, visit TaylorKingLaw.com.