The reality is no one want to deal with the aftermath of an injury crash. Driving safely increases your chances of avoiding such incidents. For example, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is currently publicizing their annual Summer Driving Safety Tips. With students out for summer break and families planning road trips, the NHTSA is reminding motorists to get their cars prepared for safe summer travel. From prevention and planning to what happens if your car breaks down, they’ve got tips to keep you safe on your summer road trips.
Pre-Summer Vehicle Maintenance
On top of staying up-to-date on your routine mechanical maintenance, the NHTSA reminds drivers to check their tires. Whether you’re due for new tires, a rotation and balance or simply need to top off the air pressure, getting in the habit of checking your tires will help to keep you and your family safe on the roads all year long.
Buckle Up and Stay Alert
Buckle up, for every trip. It doesn’t matter if you’re driving across Idaho or across town, you need to buckle up, and make sure all children and other passengers are buckled up too. In addition to buckling up, they’re also calling on drivers to stay alert behind the wheel. Resist the urge to check your phone for a call or text. It can wait. Keep your eyes on the road, hands on the wheel and concentration on the task of driving.
Keep Kids and Pets Safe
Don’t leave the vulnerable alone alone in parked cars. Even with the windows rolled down and the air conditioning on, it’s extremely dangerous. Children’s body temperatures can heat up three to five times faster than adults, and on an 80-degree day, temperatures inside of a vehicle can reach deadly levels in 10 minutes.
The NHTSA also recommend stocking your car with water and emergency supplies, in case you break down. Kids and pets need to be kept hydrated in the heat. Depending upon where you’re at, it could be hours or longer before a tow truck or emergency responder can get to you
Car Crashes in Boise (We don’t think of them as Car Accidents)
. If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a car wreck in or around the Boise area, contact the skilled and proven personal injury team at Holzer-Edwards, Chartered at (208) 386-9119 for a free case consultation. The whole team at Holzer-Edwards, Chartered wishes everybody a safe and happy summer.