Spring will soon be upon us, and a lot of people feel the call of the open road. For many, there’s no more beautiful time to travel, but it’s important to plan your trip carefully in order to ensure that it’s as safe as it is enjoyable.
The Road Trip Checklist
AAA (American Automobile Association) has amassed a great deal of information to help you stay safe while you make the most of your road trip. Their advice includes simple but important potentially trip-saving tips:
- Make sure that your car or other vehicle is maintained properly. Take care of any necessary maintenance before heading out and always have your tires inspected before embarking on a long trip.
- Plan your route and map it out. Factor in rush hours, peak travel dates, road construction, and weather reports forecasting inclement weather. When possible alter your schedule to avoid these kinds of known obstacles.
- Keep your cell phone accessible and fully charged at all times. Many roadside assistance companies have apps that make it possible to seek assistance without making a phone call.
- Always lock your car when you leave it, park in a highly visible spot, and keep your valuables out of sight (either in the trunk or tucked away).
- If children are traveling with you, make sure that you have a safety plan that includes instructing them – never to talk to strangers, never to visit the bathroom alone, to remain with your group at all times, and to employ the emergency whistle you supply them with if (and only if) they ever do get separated.
- Keep your roadside assistance contact information readily available.
- You and your family want to enjoy the gorgeous scenery of spring and don’t want to be hampered by an accident or unforeseen disruption. Preparing wisely can help make your road trip everything that you want it to be.
If – despite your best efforts – you are involved in a car accident, don’t despair; help is available. The assistance of an experienced lawyer can ensure that you are compensated for your losses, including your medical expenses, lost income, loss of quality of life, and physical and emotional pain and suffering.
IF YOUR ROAD TRIP IS INTERRUPTED BY AN ACCIDENT, CONTACT AN EXPERIENCED FLORIDA CAR-ACCIDENT ATTORNEY TODAY
The experienced Gainesville car accident attorneys at Meldon Law are skilled at conducting thorough accident investigations and they will help you obtain the compensation that you are entitled to. If you or someone you care about has been in a car accident, call us today at (352) 373-8000 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.