If you are taking time off in the next few weeks for a road trip, it is important to create a checklist beforehand. Not all vehicles are safe for long-distance travel. In some cases, vehicles may have worn or unsafe equipment that can lead to a motor vehicle crash. The following checklist might help avoid this scenario.
- Check your tires: Your tires may have insufficient tread depth or holes and tears. Shallow tread depth may cause your vehicle to lose traction with the road during rainy weather conditions. Hole or tears may lead to a blowout. Ensure your tires have the recommended amount of pressure. This may be found in your vehicle’s owner’s manual.
- Inspect your windshield wipers: Poor weather conditions harm your visibility. Windshield wipers are essential for improving your visibility during rainy weather. If need be, replace the wiper blades and refill the wiper fluid.
- Bring emergency supplies: Emergencies occur without warning. First aid kits, flashlights, blankets, food, water and basic tools can help should the worst happen on your journey.
- Check vehicle fluids: Transmission, engine and brake fluids need to be changed periodically. Vehicle fluid levels should be checked beforehand.
- Check for recalls: You should not drive your vehicle if it is under recall for defective parts. We have published blogs on how you can check for recalls.
- Get enough sleep: Be sure to get seven or more hours of sleep the night before you set out on your journey. Drowsy driving is a major cause of accidents. Over-the-counter sleep medications may help you fall asleep, but they can also cause excessive daytime drowsiness that may endanger your safety.
- Schedule a checkup: It may be best to have a professional mechanic inspect your vehicle beforehand. They can check your vehicle’s tires, brake pads, fluid levels, windshield wipers and battery. This is an essential step if you are not savvy with automotive technology.
Should You Speak to An Attorney After a Motor Vehicle Crash?
If you are involved in a motor vehicle crash on your trip that caused injuries, it can help to speak to an attorney. In cases where the negligence of another driver caused your crash, a car accident attorney can help you hold the other party accountable for damages.