It's June, temperatures are warming, and the kids are out of school:
summertime has come to Joplin! In the months ahead, many Missourians will
hit the road to enjoy summer road trips with friends and family. If you're
planning to take a summer road trip this year, our Joplin
car accident lawyers want to encourage you to take certain precautions to help ensure
that you and your passengers arrive safely at your destination. As officials
from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration point out, "Driver
safety isn't only crucial on the highways. It starts before pulling
out of the garage and doesn't simply end when the vehicle is in park."
Summer road trip safety: Tips & info for Jasper County motorists
Make sure your vehicle is ready for the trip. Perform basic safety checks to confirm that your vehicle is fit for roadway
travel, especially if you're traveling a long distance.
Tires. Tire maintenance is particularly important during the summer months, when
hot weather, heavily-loaded vehicles and long trips can put an added strain
on tires that are worn out or improperly inflated. A flat tire or blowout
can certainly put a kink in your travel plans. Be sure to check the pressure
in all your tires - including your spare. You'll also want to check
for worn down tread and/or irregular tread wear patterns, which can indicate
that your tires need to be rotated or replaced.
Belts and hoses. Check for signs of blisters, cracks or cuts, and replace any belts or
hoses that show signs of excessive wear.
Wiper blades. Damaged or worn out wiper blades can present a serious problem if you
happen to encounter severe weather conditions. Replace blades that show
obvious signs of wear and tear.
Fluid levels. Check your oil, brake, transmission, steering, coolant and wiper fluids.
Check for signs of leaks and confirm that each reservoir is full.
Lights. Your headlights, brake lights, turn signals and emergency flashers need
to be in good working order.
2.) Travel with a roadside emergency kit. Be sure you carry a cell phone and a charger cord, just in case. Of course,
you can customize an emergency kit according to your family's needs,
but the following items can prove to be particularly useful:
- A flashlight and spare batteries
- A first-aid kit containing basic supplies and medicines
- Jumper cables
- A jack and ground mat for changing a tire
- Non-perishable food and drinking water
- A map (just in case your GPS stops working)
3.) Think SAFETY when you're behind the wheel. Make sure you and your passengers are buckled up and all children are
properly restrained in child safety seats that are size and age appropriate.
(To learn more about Missouri's Child Restraint Law, click here.) Also, as a driver, it's essential that you keep your mind completely
focused on the task of driving: avoid distractions, and don't drive
if you're impaired or drowsy. Plan to take frequent breaks, and share
the task of driving with other adults traveling with you.
At Aaron Sachs and Associates, our personal injury lawyers represent car
accident victims throughout Missouri. If you or a loved one has been injured
in a crash caused by a careless or negligent driver, it may be beneficial
to discuss your legal rights and options with an experienced attorney.
Our firm works on a contingent-fee basis, and we offer a
free initial consultation to review your case. Contact us today for more information: call us toll-free
at 1-888-777-AUTO. Serving clients in Joplin and the surrounding areas,
including Webb City, Carthage, Sarcoxie, Lamar, Pierce City, Mount Vernon
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