I’m sorry to bring you down when you’re getting ready for a road trip. But, when it comes to road trips, there are a lot of things that people never think about. We are so busy fantasizing about all the fun we are going to have, that we never consider some of the more dire possibilities that could happen. Before you pack up, make sure you are as prepared as you can be for unexpected circumstances.
Collisions happen all the time and are more frequent during holidays. The deadliest driving days of the year are holidays and often days when you’re likely to travel on some type of road trip. With so many more people on the road, eager to reach their destination, more accidents are bound to happen. When they do, emergency vehicles are dispatched, cars are towed, and vacations come to a screeching halt.
When the smoke clears and the dust is settled, there is insurance to deal with. Sometimes you miss work, income is lost, bills pile up and medications, therapies and medical expenses to cover. In the San Diego area, you can consult with your insurance and a personal injury firm such as the Law Offices of Michael Pines, APC. Such attorneys do a lot more than just negotiate settlements and can help you pick up the pieces when your vacation, or life is turned upside down.
Here are a few tips to help you be more alert on your next road trip.
Don’t drink on driving days
I didn’t say don’t drink and drive. That should be obvious to everyone. Unlike the companies that sell libations, I also did not say to drink responsibly. Just don’t drink when you know you’ll be responsible for driving a motor vehicle. Keep in mind that not only do you need to be mindful of your driving, you need to watch out for other drivers’ who are on the road.
Here is a sobering thought: Motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death for those between the age of 5 and 35. Over 50% of those result from impaired drivers. Even the most stone cold sober driver has a more difficult driving task on days when the roads are more congested, and more drivers are impaired. If you’re driving, don’t drink.
Share the load
Many people will drive drowsy who would never think about driving drunk. Unfortunately, the two are much the same. Driving drowsy may lead to poor judgement and slow reaction time. While many people aren’t willing to take a chance and drive drunk, they believe that it is some sort of knock against their character if they can’t complete the trip by themselves. That is the kind of thinking that ends vacations the wrong way. If a second driver is available, share the driving load and swap as often as necessary.
Take the road less traveled
Don’t drive on the most popular highways on the most heavily traveled days. Traffic jams aren’t fun on any day. Consider visiting a lesser known attraction on an alternate route. Less traffic often leads to less stress. You may also look at the list of the deadliest travel days and choose another day to travel.
Don’t drink. Share the load. And choose the road less traveled and plan to have a fantastic road trip.