Summer is finally here, and with it comes trips around the state and country! As more families decide to take to the roads in search of some much needed relaxation, it is important to make sure safety is your primary concern while driving. Whether you've found the self-proclaimed "best road trip route" ever, or just driving to grandma's house, you're not the only one.
Every year there are more and more cars on the roads, and as a result there is also an increased number of auto accidents. As families pack up and take to some of the popular interstates in Texas such as I-10, I-35, and I-37, they will be facing reckless drivers, slews of 18-wheelers and commercial vehicles, as well as isolated pockets of bad luck. Avoid the pain and hassle of a car wreck - prepare for the road and get there safely!
Make sure your vehicle is in great shape
You will be spending hours in your car - make sure it is ready for the ride. Change your oil, flush any fluids that haven't been changed in years, and also check your tire pressure. Many San Antonio auto accidents were caused by tires blowing out on Texas roads. Keep a sharp eye out for stray debris on the roads as they can also cause blowouts, and an eventual car accident.
Always have something to drink
A little known method to staying fully aware while driving is constantly having a small action to do. Having a water bottle next to you allows you to reach over and keep your mind active every few minutes. This helps focus on what you are doing, not to mention keeping you hydrated. If you begin to feel tired, try also putting your windows down while driving. The wind blowing in your hair along with sipping from your bottle will work wonders at keeping you aware.
Avoid changing lanes frequently
Many driver-caused accidents occur while changing lanes as it requires the most focus and awareness of any daily driving maneuver. Keeping your eyes open for vehicles around you at all times, including your blind spots, is not easy. Here is a way to avoid having blind spots to begin with. Finding the right lane is a valuable skill when driving for hours at a time, and it will help avoid unnecessary risk.
Remember, the far left lane is the passing lane, so avoid driving in it for long stretches at a time. The far right lane will be interrupted frequently by cars merging into the highway, so it is not a good choice for long stretches either. Therefore, to avoid a car wreck, try driving in the center lanes.
Other methods of avoiding an auto accident are watching for motorcycles (always look twice), don't text and drive (or eat and drive), and make sure you break your drive up with plenty of stops to avoid fatigue and the risk of falling asleep at the wheel.
San Antonio Accident Lawyers
If you are involved in an accident around the San Antonio or Austin area, make sure you focus on two things:
- Make sure your family and any people involved are OK. Seek medical attention as quickly as possible.
- Contact a San Antonio car accident lawyer immediately to deal with the insurance agency.
An experienced and aggressive auto accident attorney can mean a world of difference when it comes to the results of your personal injury case. Let The Báez Law Firm take care of your case, and we'll do our best to get you compensated for your damages and injuries! Contact us today for a FREE CONSULTATION!