Summer is here and it is
the season where more drivers are on the road than any other time of year. Whether
it is a cross-country vacation or a weekend get-away, millions of drivers are
out on the road, so it is important to be aware of other motorists, your
passengers and, of course, what you are doing as the driver. The Texas A&M
Transportation Institute, which has provided numerous traffic safety studies in
the past, has provided a list of detailed safety tips in order to avoid traffic accidents.
§ Check tires for proper air pressure, tread
wear and a spare.
§ Check wiper blades, the cooling system (for
needed servicing and coolant level), fluid levels, lights, and the
§ The focus of any driver, at all times, should
be driving. Nearly 80 percent of crashes and 65 percent of near crashes involve
some form of driver distraction.
§ Everybody aboard must agree to wear their seat
belts every time they are riding or driving in your vehicle.
§ Be responsible and don’t drink and drive.
§ Make sure car seats and booster seats are
properly installed and that any children riding with you are in the restraint
system best suited to protect them.
§ All children 12 and younger should ride in the
back seat. Never leave children alone in a vehicle during the summer.
§ Have an emergency roadside kit
§ a cell phone;
§ a first aid kit;
§ a flashlight;
§ flares and a white flag;
§ jumper cables;
§ a jack (and a ground mat) for changing a tire;
§ work gloves and a change of clothes;
§ basic repair tools and some duct tape (for
temporarily repairing a hose leak);
§ a jug of water and paper towels for cleaning
§ nonperishable food, drinking water and
§ extra windshield washer fluid; and
If you or someone you
love is injured in a Chicago car accident or Chicago truck accident this
summer, then call Chicago personal injury attorney, Aaron Bryant, for a free legal consultation, at 312-588-3384.