Road Trip Tips

roadtriptipsWhether you are planning a short road trip or a long road trip, it is important to stay focused on the road to avoid a car accident. Getting ready for a road trip can be exciting especially when thinking about the destination, but making road safety preparations is essential for the journey.  Before setting out on a road trip keep these tips in mind:

  • Make sure your car is maintained, such as your tires, brakes, windshield wipers, lights.
  • Get plenty of sleep to ensure alertness during the drive.
  • Know your route before starting your journey.
  • Make sure all luggage and other items are stored properly so you won’t be distracted by any movement.

Once out on the road, there are other tips to keep in mind to help ensure a safe arrival as your destination:

  • Always have your seat belt on and make sure your passengers do as well.
  • Don’t use your cell phone, especially for texting.
  • Keep the radio down, and avoid adjusting it frequently.
  • Follow the posted speed limit signs.
  • Keep your eyes on the road at all times.
  • Be prepared for any increases in traffic and potential delays along the way.
  • If you feel tired, find a safe place to take a short nap if necessary.
  • Avoid eating while driving, instead try to eat any meals during rest stops.
  • Do not drive too closely to the car in front of you.
  • Avoid reckless maneuvers, such as weaving in and out of traffic.
  • Safely get out of the way of any aggressive drivers and don’t engage them with eye contact or gestures.

Road trips can be a lot of run, but they can also cause a bit of stress if traveling with multiple people. Make sure to keep your full attention on the road and don’t let your emotions affect your driving. When preparing for your next road trip, remember the tips above and enjoy the safe journey to your destination.

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Don’t Let Your Emotions Affect Your Driving

aggressive-drivingWhat is aggressive driving? The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration defines it as when “an individual commits a combination of moving traffic offenses so as to endanger other persons or property.”  Many times drivers resort to aggressive driving due to stress.  They could be in a hurry to reach their destination, or dealing with issues at home or work.  It is important to keep emotions in check while driving because any reckless maneuver could result in a car accident.  In order to help avoid a car accident and the accompanying injuries, follow these helpful tips to stay in control on the road.

  • Know that traffic is often inevitable, so allow sufficient time to reach your destination.
  • Avoid any unnecessary distractions, such as a phone call that may increase stress or frustration.
  • Follow the posted speed limits signs.
  • Leave plenty of space between you and the car ahead of you.
  • Avoid weaving in and out of traffic.
  • Don’t let other drivers affect your driving

You are only in control of your driving, so what should you do if you come across another driver driving aggressively? Here are few things to keep in mind should you cross paths with an aggressive driver.

  • Make sure to always have your seat belt on and all your passengers are wearing theirs as well.
  • Safely get out of the way of the aggressive driver as soon as possible.
  • Ignore any gestures made by the driver and avoid eye contact.
  • Do not engage the driver with any gestures that could cause further aggression.
  • Try to stay calm and keep your concentration on the road.

Stress can lead to frustration among drivers, which can turn into aggressive driving.  It is important to try and react calmly when faced with an aggressive driver.  If you, yourself, become frustrated behind the wheel, keep in mind the above tips to help avoid a car accident.  Aggressive driving can lead to potential injuries for not only the driver but other drivers on the road as well, so remember to stay in control of your emotions the next time you are out driving.

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Do You Know the Facts About Car Accidents?

CarAccidentFactsDo you know where the most car accidents occur or when they occur? How about which holiday periods have the most fatal crashes? The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration complies data on all of this information and puts out reports with all of the facts. The following are some of the major findings from 2013 data:

  • There were 5,687,000 total traffic accidents which included:
    • 1,591,000 injury crashes
    • 4,066,000 property damage only crashes
  • There were a total of 2,313,000 people injured in car accidents.
  • The months with the most injury accidents were November, October, and December.
  • The months with the most fatal crashes were August, October, and September.
  • Most injury accidents occurred on Fridays while the least amount of injury accidents occurred on Sunday.
  • The time-frame with the most injury crashes was between the hours of 3pm and 6pm.
  • Even though severe weather can increase dangers of driving, most accidents occurred in normal weather conditions.
  • The majority of people injured in accidents were drivers followed by passengers.
  • California, Florida, and Georgia had the most fatalities.

Each of these facts shows the potential dangers that come with driving a car. Drivers cannot control one another, so it is important for each person to be in control of their own driving. Being aware of one’s surroundings and keeping your hands on the wheel and eyes on the road can help you avoid a car accident. Always wearing a seat belt and making sure every passenger is wearing a seat belt can also help prevent potential injuries in the event of a car accident. Putting down all distractions, such as cell phones, other electronics, food and drinks also helps you focus on the road and keep you aware of any potential dangers. Keeping your full attention on the road can help you avoid becoming a statistic in a NHSTA report.

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