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How to keep your family safe on a road trip this summer

It seemed as if it would never come, but it looks like spring is finally here to stay. Warm weather is upon us, and it will only get warmer as we move into the summer months. Now that you aren't zipping up your winter jacket anymore, you may be thinking about where your family will go on vacation this year.

Going to your destination might require a long drive. You should be aware of the best ways to ensure that you all get there safely.

Make sure that your car is ready for the trip

Before you leave for your vacation, you need to make sure your vehicle will get there in one piece. High temperatures in summer increase the rate at which some parts of your car degrade-increasing your risk of a breakdown. Checking your car yourself or having your mechanic take a look at it can prevent a serious issue later. Problems with fluid levels, tire pressure and all the other inner workings of your car may stop your vacation before it even starts.

Don't let hours of driving wear you out

If you are in the driver's seat, your one job is to pay attention to what is happening on the road. But it might become difficult to focus after hours of staring at the highway without a break. To make sure that you are prepared for the upcoming trip, you should:

· Plan your trip over more than one day-so that you don't drive for too long without sleep

· Take frequent breaks to stretch your legs

· Get enough sleep the night before you leave-drowsy driving is dangerous

· Take turns behind the wheel-if someone else in the car can drive

· Turn up the air conditioning and stay hydrated to avoid overheating

If you are the only one driving and you go too long without stopping, you risk becoming tired and less alert. Taking care of yourself will help you take care of your family.

At Martson Law Offices, we know that driving for hours is hardly the most fun part of your vacation. Losing focus from exhaustion or having a mechanical failure could also lead to a crash. If a car accident does mess up your travel plans, our personal injury attorneys can work to get you the help you need.

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