Road Safety for Distance Driving
Long-distance driving contributes to a host of hazards one may face behind the wheel, including driver fatigue, boredom, and general highway safety risks. Young drivers are especially at risk for a collision. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 5,000 young drivers (between the ages of 16-20) are killed in passenger vehicle crashes. The best way to protect yourself and your teen driver from accident and injury on the road is drive safely at all times.
However, if you are involved in an accident with a reckless driver during a road trip, you may be entitled to financial compensation under the law, due to their negligent behavior. To learn more about your legal rights, contact the Wausau car accident attorneys of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® at 800-242-2874 today.
The following tips should be reviewed before preparing for a long-distance driving endeavor:
- Avoid using Cruise Control ' this can contribute to additional fatigue while on the road. If you were to fall asleep at the wheel while your car is still traveling at 70 mph, serious consequences could result.
- Stop when necessary. If you are feeling hungry, tired, thirsty, or need to use the bathroom. Stop in a safe place to rest. Do not try to push through these distracting feelings; it could affect your driving.
- Do not eat heavy food during your trip. Stick to light, healthy snacks to keep you awake and alert.
- Eliminate other driving distractions, such as using a GPS/map while driving, talking or texting on a cell phone, listening to loud music or having raucous conversation.
- Be prepared with proper safety equipment in your car, in the event of a malfunction, flat tire or other car issue.
- Get plenty of air by keeping the windows cracked and/or the A/C on.
Road trips can be incredibly exciting experiences, taking you to new and exotic places with the company of family or friends. However, the best way to enjoy your trip is by arriving to your destination safe and sound. By adhering to the above tips, you can be a safer, more responsible distance driver.
If you or someone you love has been involved in a car accident on a road trip and believe another negligent driver is to blame, contact the Wausau personal injury lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® at 800-242-2874 to discuss your legal options today.