With summer rapidly approaching and kids soon out of school, many Kansas families are likely planning annual road trips to visit family, friends, or coveted destinations. While road trips can provide a great means of transportation, saving families on pricey air fare and encouraging family bonding, they can present some dangers. One problem is that many families across Kansas have the same idea—leading to sometimes clogged highways. To avoid accidents, drivers must be cognizant of their own actions and those of drivers around you.
The following is a list of some safety tips that will help you avoid automobile accidents and stay safe while traveling during the summer months:
- Minimize distraction—traveling with the family and pets can be hectic. Long hours spent on the road can also lead the driver to talk on the phone or check emails and texts while driving. In addition, all that time on the road will often equate to eating and drinking in the car. It is important that you eliminate all of these distractions so that you can safely focus on the road ahead. Put your co-pilot in charge of all phone calls and tending to children or pets, eat or drink only when your vehicle is parked, and always keep your eyes on the road.
- Pack some maps—in our GPS reliant culture, most of us have long forgotten the days of maps. However, when traveling across county and state lines, you may lose GPS service. Pack a map so that you do not end up lost on a rural road.
- Begin your journey well rested and relaxed—driving while excessively tired or stressed is dangerous for you and those around you. According to some studies, tired driving is as hazardous as drunk driving. Set off on your journey after a good night sleep and in a tranquil mood.
- Check your vehicle—ensure all of your essential fluids, like oil, brake, and windshield fluid are full. Make sure your tire pressure is correct, lights are working, AC is functioning, and brakes are in working order before getting underway.
- Make sure all passengers are securely fastened—it is against the law to drive without a seatbelt, and it is extremely dangerous. Make sure all adults and older children are properly buckled. Younger children must be placed in an age appropriate car seat or booster seat.
- Remain cognizant of the heat—never leave children unattended in the car as heat stroke can result and pack plenty of water for hydration.
- Pack a first aid kit—you should pack a first aid kit in your vehicle in the event of an emergency. It should include jumper cables, water, a flashlight, a jack, some non-perishable food, and any necessary medications.
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