Summer Travel Safety Tips for Kentucky Drivers

June 17, 2024

The summer season is already upon us. Across the nation, families will take road trips to vacation, explore new places and visit friends and family. It all sounds wonderful, except that more people on the road means a greater chance of having a road accident during the summer season. Our Paducah, Kentucky accident attorneys here at Saladino & Schaaf, PLLC, have put together some tips to make it a safe summer for everyone who enjoys road trips. Whether you’re headed to Mammoth Cave National Park or Disney World, ensuring your safety on the road is paramount. Your priority as a driver is to protect your family while making the journey as smooth and enjoyable as possible. Here are some comprehensive safety tips for you to keep in mind while planning your summer travels.

Getting Your Vehicle Road Ready 

Before hitting the road, it’s important to ensure your vehicle is in top condition. Since it’s summer, make sure your cooling system is in working order and your fluids (oil, coolant, brake fluid, transmission fluid, and windshield washer fluids) are topped off. Also inspect all belts and hoses to make sure anything that is cracked is replaced before you set out. Since road trips require miles and miles of travel, tire condition is very important. Check your tire pressure, tread depth, and replace any tires that show signs of wear and tear. Check and listen to your brakes (and rotors) for any possible issues. Check the life of your battery (they usually need replacing every 4-6 years) and test all your lights. Last, but not least, make sure your wipers are in good working condition and replace old windshield wipers to ensure clear visibility during rain.

Important Items to Pack

Here are some items to consider when taking your next road trip:

  • Spare tire, jack and lug wrench
  • Roadside emergency kit with jumper cables
  • Car-rated fire extinguisher
  • First aid kit
  • Flash light (with extra batteries)
  • Non-perishable snacks and extra drinking water
  • Phone charger and fully charged power bank

You can also check with your Local AAA office or website for a more inclusive list of emergency supplies for extended road trips.

Plan Your Route

When planning your route, make sure to use GPS or maps to plot your journey ahead of time and familiarize yourself with the directions. Identify rest stops and gas stations along your route to schedule breaks and refuel as needed. Additionally, check the weather forecast for your travel days and be prepared for any sudden changes in weather conditions.

Drive Safely

As exciting as it is to head out on a new adventure and however anxious you (or your passengers) might be to get to your destination, it’s always important to remember to drive safely. Obey posted speed limits and adjust your speed according to road conditions. Stay alert and take multiple rest breaks to avoid fatigue (and switch drivers periodically, if possible). Keep your focus on the road and avoid using your phone or other distractions while driving. Take advantage of any driver-assisting technologies your car or your phone may provide, like blind spot indicators and steering wheel controls so you don’t have to take your eyes off the road. Make use of everything that is there to help keep everyone safe while in the car.

Summer travel can be an exciting and memorable experience for the whole family. By preparing your vehicle, practicing safe driving habits, and planning for long trips, you can ensure a safe and enjoyable journey. Remember, safety starts with preparation and awareness. Equip yourself with these tips, and hit the road with confidence, knowing that you are well-prepared to protect your loved ones on your summer adventures.

In the event you do have a vehicle accident while traveling, take a look at our earlier blog post, “The Ultimate Guide to Car Accidents” where we discuss in detail what steps to take after an accident.

Saladino & Schaaf, PLLC, Your Kentucky Accident Attorneys

If the worst happens and you are involved in an auto accident while on your road trip, the Kentucky accident attorneys at Saladino & Schaaf, PLLC, are here to help you understand your rights, explore your options and help you pursue the compensation you deserve. Call us at (270) 444-0406 or (270) 753-1529 for a free consultation. Our offices are conveniently located in Paducah and Murray.




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