With summer right around the corner, drivers in Alabama are gearing up for vacation. This means more time spent on the road, which can lead to an increased rate of accidents when motorists aren’t careful. To ensure you and your family remain protected this summer, Nationwide offers the following safe driving tips.
First and foremost, make sure you have a plan in place for your trip. If you’re driving a long distance, make time for rest stops and breaks. Driving straight through can lead to drowsy driving, which is dangerous. Also, make sure you’re ready before you get on the road. This entails adjusting the mirrors, setting your GPS, and tuning in to your favorite radio station.
In the same token, make sure you’ve limited distractions like mobile devices. Texting behind the wheel can be deadly, for you and for other drivers. Your focus must always remain on the task at hand to ensure you react appropriately to any sudden road hazards. Small kids can also be distracting while driving, so make sure little ones are strapped in and well protected, either in a child seat or using a seatbelt.
Lastly, know what to do if you’re involved in an accident. Check for injuries, both in your vehicle and in other vehicles involved in the crash. If no one is hurt, move your car to a safe location if possible. Be sure to set up road flares or triangles to alert other drivers of your presence. However, if you’re on the highway it might be best to stay in your vehicle to avoid oncoming traffic. Next, call for help and wait in a safe location until the police arrive. You can also exchange information with other drivers so you can report the accident to your insurance company.