Travel Safely This Summer With These Vacation Safety Tips
Summer is one of the busiest travel seasons of the year. Now that the weather has warmed up and the kids are out of school, lots of people are eager to use some of their vacation time and head out of town for a little change of scenery. As fun and exciting as traveling can be, it’s important to remember that there are many ways to get hurt while on vacation.
For many people, driving is the best way to travel during the summer — it’s more affordable and often more convenient than other modes of transportation. But you have to remember that summer is actually the most dangerous season for driving. Not only do you have all those other road trippers on the road, more people tend to be out driving in general and you need to be more aware of pedestrians, motorcyclists, and bicyclists. And with all the holidays and other parties that happen during the summer, you’re also at an increased risk of encountering a drunk driver.
With all these factors raising the odds of a car accident, one thing you don’t want to leave home without is your insurance information. Not only should you have your auto insurance information with you, don’t forget your health insurance cards just in case you’re injured and need to seek medical attention. Also, be sure to review your health insurance policy to make sure you’ll be covered in the area you’ll be traveling to.
Many of the best things you can do to stay safe on a road trip are things you do before you leave the house. Have your car serviced and check your tires to make sure they’re not too worn and are properly inflated. Since heat can cause the particles of air in tires to expand, they may be exerting more force on your walls of your tires than they would be in colder weather, which can increase the risk of tire blowouts. If you’re planning to use your car’s rooftop rack to store things during your trip, remember that rooftop storage can change your vehicle’s center of gravity, putting you at a higher risk of a rollover accident, so be very careful not to exceed the rack’s maximum weight capacity.
During your trip, you’ll need to keep your full focus on the road. Before you even get out of the driveway, make sure your GPS navigation is already programmed with your route. Don’t forget to check the weather forecast for the areas you’ll be travelling through. Weather during the summer can be somewhat unpredictable and the last thing you want is to be sidelined by a storm you weren’t expecting.
Once you’ve arrived at your destination, one of the first things you may want to do is go swimming, whether it’s at a hotel pool or at a nearby beach. If you have the option to swim in an area monitored by lifeguards, that’s ideal, but many places do not have lifeguards on duty. If you’re traveling with young children, make sure they are constantly under very close supervision when they swim. Ideally, an adult should be in the water with them since drownings can happen very quickly and quietly.
If you’ve been injured while in vacation in another state or country, it’s very important to consult a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. If you’re planning to file a lawsuit, you may have different requirements regarding where you can file your suit. Lawsuits involving injuries that happen during cruises can also get very complicated for a wide variety of reasons, so a lawyer will be able to help make sure your case is handled correctly.