Summer Travel Tips to Avoid Car Accidents in Rock Hill and Elsewhere, from the NHTSA

There are a lot of great things about the summer.

One of the greatest of all is vacation time! Friends, family members and colleagues are already talking about where they’ll be setting off to this summer. Some are headed to the beach, others to a cabin in the mountains and some are even heading to their favorite camping spot.

Regardless of where you’re headed to, the truth of the matter is that many other travelers are out on our roadways with the same idea — vacation. With more motorists we see an increase in our risks for car accidents in Rock Hill and elsewhere. For this reason, officials with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) are working to help to educate travelers about the safe and responsible tips to get friends and families to their vacation destinations safely. Prevention and planning are much easier than dealing with the consequences of a breakdown, or worse yet, a highway accident.
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Our Rock Hill car accident lawyers would first like to remind all travelers to keep up with their vehicle’s maintenance. Oil changes, tune-ups, tire rotations and battery checks can help to prevent a breakdown. If your vehicle has been serviced according to the manufacturer’s recommendations, it should be in good shape and ready to travel. If not — or if you don’t know the service history of the vehicle you plan to drive — schedule a preventive maintenance check-up with your mechanic now. Checking out your car is relatively simple and it doesn’t take that long. It’s just important that you do it.

Before You Go:

-Make sure your tires are not too worn. You also want to make sure that the correct amount of tire pressure is in each one.

-Check all of your belts and hoses. Make sure there are no signs of cuts, cracks or blisters in the rubber.

-Make sure your wiper blades can do the job. You never know when it’s going to rain.

-Check the fluid levels for your windshield wiper fluids, coolant, power steering, transmission, brakes and oil.

-Make sure all of the exterior lights of your vehicle are working.

On The Road:

-Keep all distractions out of the driver’s seat. If you have to attend to a passenger, pull over first and then do so.

-Buckle up during every trip.

-Never drink and drive. About every 45 minutes, or 32 times a day, someone is involved in an alcohol-related car accident.

-Make sure you get plenty of rest before hopping behind the wheel.

-Schedule your trip to allow for plenty of breaks.

Make an Emergency Roadside Kit Including:

-Maps.

-Nonperishable food.

-Extra water.

-Basic repair tools.

-Work gloves and an extra set of clothes.

-A jack.

-Jumper cables.

-White flag and flares.

-Flashlight.

-First-aid kit.

-Cell phone.

The accident lawyers at the Lee Law Offices, P.A. are here to offer help and assistance to those who have been injured or killed in a car accident in Rock Hill, Asheville, Charlotte or in any of the Carolinas. Call 1-800-887-1965 to schedule a free appointment with an experienced accident attorney today.

More Blog Entries:

Teen Car Accidents in Spartanburg and Elsewhere Expected to Rise, North Carolina Car Accident Lawyers Blog, June 13, 2012

Drunk Driving Car Accidents in Asheville and Elsewhere a Summer Risk, North Carolina Car Accident Lawyers Blog, June 11, 2012

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