With the lifting of COVID-19 pandemic shutdowns and travel restrictions of the past year, Illinois residents are eager to hit the road during the summer. As the weather gets warmer, more people will be heading out on road trips and planning getaways.
Because of the increased number of vehicles on the road for vacation travel, there is a higher risk of traffic accidents during the summer months. Many people became used to driving above the speed limit on open roads during the pandemic.
As always, it is essential to stay alert and practice defensive driving techniques to avoid car accidents. Here are some important tips that can help keep you and your family safe on the road this summer:
• Minimize distractions
You should avoid distractions as much as possible when behind the wheel of a car. Distracted driving is a leading cause of car accidents. While smartphone usage is a common distraction, adjusting the radio, eating, drinking, using navigation and reaching for an object are some other activities that can divert a driver’s attention and cause car accidents.
Bear in mind that the summer heat and traffic delays can affect your alertness. When taking long road trips, schedule periodic breaks into your route for checking phone messages, eating, resting and other necessities.
• Schedule a car maintenance
Heat, humidity and long hours on the road can put additional stress on your car. Make sure to check your tires before setting out on your trip. After the wear and tear of the winter months, they may require some attention.
Keeping your vehicle in safe operating condition can prevent it from breaking down while driving. Perform oil changes, battery checks and tune-ups. Be sure to top off the coolant, brake and windshield fluids.
• Practice defensive driving
No matter the season, safe driving habits on busy roadways can decrease the risk of car accidents. Drivers should follow speed limits, pay attention to their surroundings, signal when turning and be mindful of nearby vehicles. All vehicle occupants should wear seatbelts. Double-check your rearview and side mirrors before backing up or pulling out of driveways to avoid hitting anyone.
Despite taking precautions, car accidents can and do still occur. If you or a family member has been injured in an Illinois collision, contact Briskman, Briskman & Greenberg right away. Our experienced Chicago car accident lawyers can help you figure out whether you can pursue compensation from the at-fault party through a personal injury lawsuit.