To many American teens, the road trip is the ultimate rite of passage. Hitting the road with your friends, driving down blacktop highways, looking for oddities along the way, seeing places you’ve never been before and experiencing your own little version of the American dream as you go. There’s no excitement quite like it. But before you pack the beat-up old suitcase and pop in the perfect mix CD, you should consider the safety implications of a road trip. It can be dangerous out there, especially if you’re young, and getting home in one piece is always the main concern.
Staying safe is easy if you keep both eyes open. If you’re thinking about taking to the road this summer, there are a few things you need to keep in mind:
- Driving can be dangerous. Over 30,000 Americans die every year in automotive accidents. Most of these fatalities could have been prevented by conscientious driving and wearing seat belts. Your first duty on the road is the safety of yourselves and those around you. Always pay attention to the road. When in doubt, err on the side of being too cautious.
- Be prepared. Things can go wrong, and sometimes it’s how you respond to them that determines the outcome. Make sure you have all the tools you’ll need for changing a tire, and be prepared for any adverse weather you may encounter.
- Sleep safe. If you’re staying in motels, realize that the second floor is safer than the first, as it’s harder to access the windows. Make sure you lock all the doors and keep the blinds drawn when you go to sleep.
Sometimes no amount of careful planning can prevent an accident. If you’ve been injured on a road trip, you may be entitled to compensation. For more information, contact the lawyers of Tragos, Sartes & Tragos, PLLC by calling 727-441-9030.