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How to stay safe while on a road trip

On Behalf of | Jun 21, 2024 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

Embarking on a road trip offers scenic beauty and adventure, but safety should always be a priority. Following these guidelines ensures a safe and enjoyable journey through the picturesque landscapes of the Centennial State.

Vehicle maintenance

Conduct a thorough inspection of your vehicle before setting out. Check tire pressure, tread depth, brakes, lights, and fluid levels. Ensure your spare tire is in good condition and you have emergency tools. 

Be prepared for emergencies

Always remember to carry an emergency kit that includes first aid supplies, a flashlight, jumper cables, and basic tools. It is also helpful to have a roadside assistance plan in place for quick help if needed. Additionally, familiarize yourself with the steps to take in case of an accident, such as calling emergency services and documenting the scene.

Stay alert and rested

Fatigue is a common factor in road accidents. Ensure you are well-rested before setting out for your summer road trip and take breaks every two hours or 100 miles to stretch your legs and refresh. Share driving responsibilities if possible and avoid driving during late hours.

Stay sober

While you may want to enjoy an adult beverage while on your trip, remember to never drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs. If you recently had a drink, either give yourself some time for it to metabolize in your system or ask someone else to drive. 

Weather awareness

Colorado’s weather can be unpredictable, especially in mountainous regions. Monitor weather forecasts and be prepared for sudden changes in conditions. Summer rain storms can come out of nowhere and can dramatically reduce visibility, so it is important to plan ahead. 

By knowing what steps to take, you can enjoy a safe road trip through the state’s diverse landscapes. Responsible driving ensures your safety and also enhances the enjoyment of exploring the natural beauty the state has to offer.