Spring Means Time to Travel in New England – But Keep These Safety Tips in Mind
New Englanders have endured a particularly harsh winter. Now that spring is finally here, families throughout Rhode Island and neighboring states are heading outside to enjoy warmer temperatures, brighter sunshine and fun in the fresh air.
Whether you’re heading to Cape Cod, Nantucket, Newport, Coastal Maine or another beloved New England destination, it’s important to ensure you and your travel companions arrive safely. To enjoy a safer trip this spring, keep these tips in mind:
Take your car in for maintenance.
When temperatures rise, the environment inside your car’s tires and engine changes too. Make sure your car survived the tough winter intact by taking it to a qualified mechanic for maintenance. Have the shop check your tires, battery, belts, hoses, fluids and air conditioner to make sure they are as ready for warm weather as you are.
With the roads finally free of ice and snow, driving can feel like a breeze – but it still requires your careful attention. Put your cell phone away and have a family member act as navigator so you’re not tempted to adjust the GPS system or fold a map while you’re driving. If you’re traveling solo, plan out your trip or program the GPS before you hit the road.
Take extra care while driving at night.
Not only is your sight distance limited when you drive at night, but fatigue or sleepiness are far more likely to pop up as well. Meanwhile, animals that spent the winter hibernating are now active and could appear in the roadway. Start your trip with a good night’s sleep, make sure all your vehicle’s lights are working, and give yourself extra time so you aren’t tempted to speed.
Don’t forget the emergency kit.
You might not need the heavy boots and fleece-lined winter gloves anymore, but your car should still have an emergency roadside kit. Include a first-aid kit, food and water, jumper cables, flares, and an in-car charger in case the battery dies in your cell phone. Don’t forget to pack a few extra blankets – even though spring is in the air, the nights can still be chilly.
Double-check children’s car seats before you head out.
In winter, guessing how much your child has grown can be tough through all those layers of warm clothing. Now that spring is here, double-check to make sure your child’s car seat is anchored correctly in the vehicle, that the straps and buckles still fit properly, and that the child’s height and weight still fit the car seat’s stated limits.
At Marasco & Nesselbush, our experienced Rhode Island car crash attorneys encourage you to stay safe this spring while you enjoy a New England adventure. If something should go wrong and you are hurt in an accident, you may be entitled to significant compensation from an at-fault driver or other responsible party.
The Rhode Island personal injury attorneys at Marasco & Nesselbush provide free case reviews to car accident victims and their families. Call us at 401-443-2999 or fill out a contact form to set up a free legal consultation. We have four offices located in Providence, Wakefield, Warwick, and Woonsocket to easily serve you.