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Avoid accidents while road tripping this summer

On Behalf of | May 9, 2024 | car accidents |

The road tripping season is quickly approaching, and you may already be planning to take your family on a road trip in Minnesota during summer vacation. Road trips can be economical family fun and a great way to explore your home state. But all those miles on the road, especially when traveling at higher speeds on highways and interstates, can put you at risk of being involved in an accident. To prevent serious accidents, you can prepare your car for the trip and arm yourself with knowledge on how to drive safely during your road tripping adventure.

Prepare your vehicle for the trip

The first step in road trip safety is checking your vehicle to ensure it’s prepared for the trip. Check fluids, brakes, wipers, lights and tires to be sure everything is in good condition. If you have any concerns about noises or vibrations, have a mechanic check your car to see if anything needs replacing or repairing.

Stock your car with emergency supplies that will help you deal with some of the most common roadside problems. Include jumper cables, a way to inflate a flat tire, a tire changing kit and a first aid kit. If your car breaks down, you may need to call for assistance. Towing services can take some time to reach you, so it’s helpful to have some snacks and water in the car if you’re forced to wait for help.

Drive with safety in mind

When traveling, you will likely encounter large trucks, especially if you’re on the interstate. It’s important to know how to safely navigate around these large vehicles. Be aware of the truck driver’s blind spot when passing, and don’t linger in the left lane as truck drivers have limited visibility. Don’t follow vehicles too closely so that you’re able to stop if an emergency occurs.

Avoid driving when drowsy, and watch out for other drivers who are exhibiting signs of tiredness or intoxication. Stay conscious of your speed and aware of other drivers around you. Avoid using your phone and anything else that could distract you while you’re driving. Before you leave on your trip, plan an alternate route that you can use if you encounter heavy traffic or a road hazard.

What to do after an accident

Being injured in a motor vehicle accident in Minnesota can be traumatic, and you may not know where to turn for help. If your accident was due to the negligence of another driver, you have the right to seek compensation. A successful personal injury lawsuit can provide you with funds you can use to pay for expenses associated with your injuries.


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