Families and college co-eds alike look forward to spring break as a much needed relief from the dark, cold days of winter.
While a road trip over spring break can be fun for the whole family, it’s a good idea to prepare for the trip well ahead of time to ensure a safe, memorable experience for all.
Keep the following tips in mind when preparing for your spring break road adventure.
Have your vehicle serviced.
As before any road trip, it’s always a good idea to have a full vehicle inspection done first to ensure your car is road worthy. Make sure your tires are fully inflated, fluids are at proper levels and you have a full tank of gas.
Pack an emergency kit.
Items to include are jumper cables, gloves, blankets, flashlight, bottled water and high energy snacks.
Bring a map.
It’s common to utilize GPS on cell phones during road trips, but it’s not always guaranteed you will have a connection. Keeping a map in the car gives you a backup so you don’t become lost.
Keep your cell phone charged.
Every time you get in the car confirm it’s charged and it’s also a good idea to keep a cigarette lighter charger as a backup.
For longer distances, spell each other off on driving duties. Even if you don’t feel tired, protect yourself from sleepiness during a long trip.
Stay alert & take frequent breaks.
Have the person sitting shotgun stay awake so they can help keep you alert. It’s also a good idea to take frequent breaks on the road to move around.
Watch road conditions.
While your final destination might be sunny, the roads getting there may still bear the marks of winter weather. Black ice and potholes may be present on the roads, so it’s best to proceed with caution.
Watch for drunk drivers.
According to a study published by the Economic Inquiry, death tolls in popular spring break destinations from California to Florida were 9% higher during the spring break period.
Don’t drink and drive.
While it should go without saying, never drink and drive. There is always a better option.
Keeping this safety tips in mind will give you the peace of mind to embark on a spring break road trip this year.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a car accident over spring break, it’s wise to seek the counsel of a trusted legal professional who can help you protect your rights.
Contact Hinman and Peck, P.C. at (877) 462-9732 or a FREE consultation to see if we can help.