Good planning can go a long way when it comes to keeping your family safe on the road.
Summer is the season for family vacations. Most families plan at least one getaway during the summer, and cars are the most popular mode of transportation.
Roads are much safer than they used to be:
The number of people who die in car accidents has decreased by 90 percent since 1925 even though people drive more miles today than before. “Still, car crashes remain one of the top causes of injury for patients in our Trauma Center,” says Michael Rebock, D.O., Medical Director, Botsford Trauma Services. If your family is one of the many planning a summer road trip, you’ll want to take steps to avoid travel emergencies and stay safe behind the wheel.
One way to minimize traffic accidents is to give your car a safety check in advance of your trip. Make sure to:
Good planning can go a long way when it comes to keeping your family safe on the road. It’s also a good idea to pack a first-aid kit and an emergency car kit with jumper cables, flashlight, flares and equipment for changing a tire. Then stock up on nutritious snacks and water. Staying hydrated can help you avoid the fatigue that can go hand in hand with extended travel.