It’s the season of the sun, which means that it’s the perfect time to take your car for a long journey across state lines. And while we still have at least two months before sweater weather arrives, it still isn’t too late to consider going on a long drive and give yourself a healthy dose of sun. But as much as you’re excited about your next big adventure, you still have to keep yourself safe from anything that could go wrong.

Safety is still an important priority to keep in mind, especially if you’re intent on covering a long stretch of road just to feed your wanderlust. If anything, car accidents account for a large share of casualties in the United States, so it’s more important than ever for motorists and passengers to secure life and limb. 

Fortunately, there are plenty of resources that should help you out in terms of improving your safety during a long road trip. Some are based on common sense while others are born out of new practices in road safety. Let’s check them out below:

  1. Get your car spruced up

The first and most important thing to consider in keeping yourself safe for the summer is to have your car checked by a mechanic. In this sense, you might want to focus on its mileage and test certain features such as the headlights, engine, clutch, brakes, indicator lights, seatbelts, and other important parts that draw the line between safety and injury. You might also need to check and add pressure to your tires when needed and patch up any scratches or cracks on your windshield.

  1. Stock up on emergency materials

Once you have checked your car, you might also need to pack items such as jumper cables, coolant, and a spare tire in the trunk. Wherever you go, you’re always at risk of a flat tire or an overheated engine, so having these items on board could come in handy if you’re stuck in the middle of nowhere and the next gas station is a hundred miles from where you are.

  1. Follow state traffic rules

Traffic laws are made for a purpose. And for sure, they are not made just to annoy the heck out of motorists. Your safety will depend on how well you follow the speed limit and other traffic rules that are supposed to keep you safe from any eventuality. For this, it helps to review the traffic laws of each state you’re passing through.

  1. Know what to do during an emergency

Being prepared for any emergency prevents you from making the wrong decisions, especially during situations where your or another person’s life is on the line. Before you head out, you need to get your hands on local emergency numbers. You might also need to come up with a plan for after an accident. Bring along important documents such as your car registration and insurance information and look for websites such as www.mcquarrie.com offering legal services covering car accidents.

Your summer fun shouldn’t be ruined by an accident along the road. Keep these tips in mind for a safer trip this summer!

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Alicia Baker

Alicia is a Canadian writer whose enthusiasm for cultural and automotive are combined in her writing. Her background includes links to insurance, finance, and automotive safety.

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