As you drive around San Antonio on I35, loop 410, loop 1604 and Hwy 281, it is wise to practice some driving safety tips to make sure you avoid being involved in a car accident. There are too many fatal car crashes on the roads these days that it pays to keep these in mind.
Before you go on vacation, you should have your car inspected. Check both your primary and secondary systems. Check your oils and fluids. By doing this you reduce the chances of unforeseen mechanical problems.
It is a good idea to carry an emergency kit in the car especially when traveling long distances.
Your emergency kit should include the following:
- Disposable camera
- Notepad and pencil (pen)
- A first aid kit
- Trash bags
- Paper towels (or rags)
- Illumination devices or warning cones
- Jumper cables
- Snacks and water
State of mind
Your state of mind matters when preparing for a vacation. Many people are in a rush to get to their vacation destination quickly. This pressure can cause you to take unnecessary risks or to disregard speed limits, which places you, your family and other drivers in harm’s way.
Change your focus—concentrate on getting to your vacation spot safely.
Don’t drink and drive
There will be plenty of time for you to unwind, celebrate, and be merry once you arrive at your destination safely. The truth is that drinking and driving don’t mix! Put your family’s safety first.
Get adequate sleep
You need rest to be alert on the road. Driving why drowsy is like driving drunk. It causes accidents. When your body is tired, it will go to sleep. Your eyes close and you may not even realize it. It only takes a matter of second for an accident to happen.
Eliminate distractions while driving
When you’re driving, eliminate unnecessary distractions.
- Don’t text and drive
- Don’t use the cell phone while driving
- Try not to eat and drive
- Don’t fiddle with buttons or knobs in the car—these can also cause distractions if you take your eyes off the road
Even with the best precautions car accidents can still happen. Though you are in control of what you do on the road, you are at the mercy of other drivers.
- If you do get into a car accident do the following:
- Check on the other passengers if you are able to
- Call for medical assistance
- Check the vehicle
- Take pictures from all angles
Get the other drivers contact information including license, and registration. Get all witnesses names, numbers and addresses as well. Contact your insurance company and call the police to report the accident.
To ensure that your interests are protected contact a San Antonio car accident lawyer. He will be able to advise you on your next course of action.