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Follow these road trip safety tips this summer

Are you in the process of planning a summer road trip? It doesn't matter if you're traveling alone, or with your family or friends, nothing changes the fact that your safety is more important than anything else (even having a good time).

The last thing you want to do is spoil your road trip by being part of a motor vehicle accident. Here are some safety tips you can follow:

  • Get plenty of sleep before you embark on your journey. You don't want to drive drowsy, as this will increase the likelihood of an accident. You need to be 100 percent alert at all times.
  • Prepare for a breakdown. You hope this doesn't happen, but you know that something could go wrong while you're on the road. If you break down, you'll want to move your car to safety, set up flares, and then call for help. Make sure you pack all the safety equipment you may need in the event of a breakdown.
  • Don't let distractions get in your way. On a long road trip it's easy to let distractions creep into your vehicle. This includes things such as talking on the phone, turning around to see your children in the backseat or playing with the radio settings. Any distraction, even a small one, can cause an accident.
  • Never drink and drive. It goes without saying that this is one of the biggest mistakes a driver can make, but it's something that you can easily forget on a long trip. So, rather than order a beer when you stop to take a break, grab yourself a glass of water.

These types of road trip safety tips can help you avoid trouble on the road.

If you happen to find yourself in an accident, you should immediately check yourself and your passengers for injuries. You can then call 911, asking for police and an ambulance to rush to the scene.

Once you take care of all these details and begin the recovery process, you'll then want to learn more about your insurance policy, who was at fault and how to protect your legal rights.

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