You want to see the country, but you also want to save money. What better answer than a summer road trip? Driving yourself instead of relying on a pilot in an airplane allows you more freedom in seeing what you want and staying for as long as you desire.
While road trips are certainly a great way to spend some time off work relaxing, they can also be dangerous. Failing to plan accordingly can set you up for hazardous situations. This is especially true when you are driving out of state and through areas you aren’t familiar with. Here’s what you should plan for before you hit the open road.
Map Your Route
Sure, it can be fun to just hop in the car and go, but it’s rarely a good idea. Mapping your route is a way to start off on the right foot, so to speak. When you know the areas you will be traveling through, you can arm yourself with all of the information you need to avoid hassles.
While some laws are relatively uniform throughout the states, like traveling at excess speeds and running through intersections, some states have unique laws. For example, in many areas, it is permissible to turn right on a red light. This is forbidden in New York City. Take a bit of time and research the traffic laws of the states you will be driving through to be sure you don’t run afoul of local officers.
At a minimum, you should look up seat belt laws, move over laws, passing laws and road rage laws. You should also be aware of hands-free and texting laws in the areas you will be in.
Don’t make the mistake of starting out on a road trip before you have your vehicle looked at. An experienced mechanic can give your car the once-over and alert you to any issues, minor or major, that should be repaired before you drive hundreds or thousands of miles.
Aside from surprise repairs, your vehicle should be up-to-date on routine maintenance. Make sure that your oil has been changed, your tires inflated and all wheels rotates. Ensure that your fluid levels have been topped off as well.
The weather can change in the blink of an eye to be certain, but you can be prepared if you have at least some idea of what to expect. Keep an eye on weather reports for the states in which you will be traveling for a week or two before you leave. Know what the forecasters are calling for and be prepared for inclement weather.
If you are involved in an accident in North Carolina during your road trip or at any other time, you may be entitled to compensation for injury and property damage. Reach out to our experienced team of car accident attorneys today for assistance in determining your legal rights.