With the summer travel season officially upon us, the National Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has outlined the following tips to keep you and your family safe on the roads this summer.
Inspect your vehicle. Regular vehicle maintenance, including tune-ups, oil changes, batter checks and tire rotations can go a long way when it comes to preventing breakdowns and accidents on the highway. Test your tire pressure, including the spare. Tires naturally lose air over time and under-inflation is the leading cause of tire failure. Take a look under the hood and make sure all belts and hoses are in good shape. You should not be able to see any cracks or splits in the rubber. Your wiper blades are particularly susceptible to summer heat. Make sure these are in top condition, as road visibility is vital to safe driving. Make sure all fluid levels are well maintained and headlights, brake lights, turn signals, emergency flashers and the vehicle’s interior lights are working properly.
Avoid distractions. Never text while driving and make stops for meals. Do not try and save time by eating while behind the wheel on a long road trip. Also, know the directions to your destination. Getting lost and fumbling with a GPS device or navigation system on your phone can result in an accident. Drivers should always have their eyes and ears focused on the road.
Get a good night’s sleep. Prior to hitting the road, make sure you get plenty of rest the night before. A sleepless night can affect your driving ability almost as much as alcohol can. If you feel yourself getting tired, pull over and rest a while. Do not continue driving.
Do not drink and drive. Every 45 minutes in the U.S. someone is involved in an alcohol-related crash. Choose to be responsible and do not drink and drive.
Child passenger safety. Make sure children are in the right seat at the right time. All children 13 years old and younger should ride in the back seat. Also, never leave a child unattended in a vehicle, even if the windows are partially open or the AC is on. Always look in the front and back of the vehicle before locking the door and walking away.
Watch for motorcyclists, bicyclists and pedestrians. Warmer weather attracts a greater number of motorcyclists, bicyclists and pedestrians. Be aware of these individuals. They are more vulnerable to serious injury and death as they lack the protection of an automobile.
Seat-belt safety. All passengers and the driver in the vehicle should be buckled up at all times. In Florida, it’s the law. Not to mention, statistics show that wearing a seatbelt can save your life and reduce the likelihood of injury or death if involved in an automobile accident.
The Roads In Orlando Will Be Very Busy This Summer
During the summer months, Florida is a vacation hotspot for thousands of tourists, increasing the likelihood of accidents on the road. Car accidents, truck accidents and pedestrian accidents often occur during this time as a result of drivers’ unfamiliarity with Florida roadways, traffic patterns and unsafe driving behaviors. At the Law Firm of Michael T. Gibson, P.A., we want you to stay safe on the roads this summer and year around. If you or a loved one have been involved in a car accident, it is important that you contact an experienced Orlando Auto Accident Lawyer immediately. Our experienced team of accident attorneys can help you obtain compensation for medical bills, future medical treatment, loss of wages, pain and suffering, etc. Feel free to fill out our quick contact form on our website to discuss your legal options in greater detail.