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Accident Prevention: Road Trip Safety Tips

Summer months are the most dangerous time of year for car accidents – and the summer holidays bring a surge of recreational road trips. As you gear up to take road trips across or out of the Pacific Northwest, it is important to be aware of road safety tips when driving long distances. Neglecting some of these basic safety measures could result in a breakdown or accident, and render the driver or owner at fault.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has a set of recommended safety procedures that should be followed to prevent any accidents from occurring. When traveling for long distances, your car must be prepared to handle the distance, and you should know how to drive safely for prolonged periods.

Car Maintenance and Checks

It is important to make sure that your car is inspected to avoid all potential hazards when on the road. 

The NHTSA recommends:

  • Inspecting your car’s tires:
    • Look carefully at the tire tread to see if they need to be replaced or rotated
    • Check your tire’s age, when tires are old they are susceptible to cracking
    • Evaluate if there is deflation in any of the tires
  • Check the following fluid levels:
    • Brake fluid
    • Automatic transmission fluid
    • Power steering (if hydraulic fluid) 
    • Coolant fluid
    • Windshield washer fluid
  • Check your lights, car battery, and brake pads

These vehicle inspections will not only give you peace of mind when you are on a road trip, but it can also prevent accidents from happening along the way.

Overcoming Driver Fatigue

Driver fatigue causes hundreds of car accidents a year. When driving for a long time, it is essential to check in with yourself. Plan your trip to take breaks every 100–150 miles and make sure that you get enough sleep to continue on the road.

By preparing both yourself and your vehicle for a long road trip you can put your best foot forward when taking an adventurous trip. 

Even with the preparations that can take place before and during a road trip, accidents still occur. If you have been in a car accident, it is recommended to contact an experienced personal injury lawyer. 

Contact an Experienced Personal Injury Attorney 

Personal injury cases from an automobile accident injury can be complex, and it is important that you understand the different liability and insurance coverage issues that may apply to your case. If you think that someone was at fault in causing a collision that you, a family member, or a friend were involved in, you should have the facts of your claim reviewed by a lawyer as soon as possible. 

GLP Attorneys has experienced personal injury lawyers across Washington State and the Pacific Northwest, ready to ensure that you receive the justice you deserve after a car accident. Please call (800) 273 – 5005 or email our attorneys at for a free consultation. 


If you have been involved in an accident, please call or email our attorneys for a free consultation