Car Safety Tips During Spring Break
School is out and spring break is here. Mid march means we put away gloves and scarves and bring out our sunblock lotion and sunglasses. Spring break is a highly anticipated time of the year for students. For an entire week they are free of exams, quizzes, and lectures and get to enjoy time in the sun and toes in the sand. For students taking planes to their destinations they have very little to worry about besides the occasional delay. Some student driver over 14 hours to reach their spring break destinations. For students driving long hours distractions in the car, fatigue, and car maintenance issues can be sources of trouble on the road. Keeping in mind the following tips can prevent potential accidents on the road.
- Always inspect the vehicle that will be used for transporting people and luggage. Check the tire pressure, engine, brakes, fluids, etc. A number of things can malfunction while on the road. You can get a flat tire or your engine could overheat. Although you cant always anticipate these things take care of the obvious things such as engine check signals and low tread on tires. Prepare yourself for any spontaneous mishaps. Keep a spare tires, jumper cables, and any other necessary equipment in your vehicle.
- Rotate drivers every couple of hours. Fatigue can surface at any time during the drive. It can be very difficult to fight of feelings of sleepiness. If you feel your eyelids getting heavy or experience uncontrollable yawning switch with a passenger. Be sure that someone in the car is keeping the driver company. Sometimes simple conversation can prevent the driver from getting sleepy and veering off the road.
- Be sure that everyone who intends to driver has a valid drivers license. Always keep registration and insurance forms in a safe and convenient place. Also, be sure that stickers, registration, and insurance are not expired. Always check if your license and insurance will be valid wherever you are going. Getting stopped by law enforcement in a foreign place without the proper identification and forms can be the cause of trouble.
- When you are leaving your vehicle for any amount of time hide valuables and lock up. People will be more inclined to break into your vehicle if they spot any valuable items sitting on the seat. Wallets, phones, laptops, etc should be hidden safely. Locking your vehicle is the best way to protect your belongings. If you want to leave your windows open to allow fresh air in, crack them open slightly. Never leave your windows down enough for anyone to stick their hands in.
If you have been involved in an accident while on the road at the hands of a distracted driver feel free to contact us at Colley and Colley.