As many Illinois residents are planning their summer adventures, a number of people may include a road trip as part of their seasonal fun. With more and more people on the road, the chances of being involved in an Illinois traffic accident may unfortunately increase.
The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is encouraging anyone who might be hitting the road this summer to practice safety at all times, before and during the trip. The following are safety tips to help you and your passengers get to your destination safely:
- Regular vehicle maintenance, such as oil changes and tire rotations, can go a long way in preventing a breakdown or roadside emergency, so be sure to keep up standard maintenance.
- Before you hit the open roads, make sure to check the following equipment in order to avoid a potentially serious problem: tires, belts and hoses, wiper blades, fluid levels, lights, cooling system, and air conditioning.
- While you are on the road traveling to your seasonal destination, avoid bad driving behaviors. Distracted driving is a common factor in traffic accidents, so drive distraction-free and let passengers help with things such as changing the music or navigation. Also, do not drink and drive under any circumstances. Combining the two can be dangerous for you and other drivers on the road and may cause an IL drunk driving crash.
- Everyone in the car should buckle up in order to prevent serious injuries in the event of an accident.
- Avoid driver fatigue by scheduling frequent breaks throughout your trip to stop for food or beverages or simply stretch your legs at a rest stop. Sharing the driving duties with others can also help, as well as staying overnight at a motel to get a good night’s rest and reenergize yourself for the next day.
The summer season is a time for fun and celebrations, not accidents and injuries, so adhering to these simple safety tips can help ensure your road trip is enjoyable and safe. All traffic accidents, however, are regrettably not preventable. The traffic accident lawyers in Chicago with the Bradley Law Firm can help you obtain compensation when another party’s negligence has caused you harm. Call us to discuss your case at (312) 252-1488.