Toledo, OH (PRWEB) March 27, 2013
It is the time of the year when families flock to the southern states to enjoy a week of sun and fun, and a break from the cold weather that Ohio has been offering up. Many families choose to drive to their final destination, resulting in a trip that can last over twenty hours.
When traveling long distances, you are bound to have to deal with heavy traffic, rain storms, or even some snow. The Charles E. Boyk Law Offices, LLC wants to remind all spring breakers to follow the following 5 safety tips during their travels.
Spring Break Driving Safety Tips:
1. Although it is officially spring that does not mean the weather is spring-like. We are in a time of transition and with snow one day and temperatures nearing 50 degrees the next, you can’t really be sure of what you will be waking up to. Be prepared to drive through icy conditions during your trip, and keep all winter safety supplies in a place that is easily accessible.
2. Fog is a weather condition you will likely come across during your spring break travels. Be careful if it is foggy, turn your lights on low beam, and reduce your speed. Be patient if driving through fog as well, and do not pass lines of traffic when it is difficult to see.
3. If it is raining or misting, do not use your cruise control. The National Safety Commission reminds us that just after it begins to rain, the roads may be extremely slippery with a “light sheen of water” on the road top. This sheen is comprised of oil and grease that lay on top of the layer of water, acting almost as ice to those driving.
4. Be aware of potholes on the road. Winter weather conditions and clean up causes potholes that do not get fixed until the weather allows. You may come across some of the unfixed potholes that can pose serious danger to you. Do your best to avoid the potholes, but if you cannot, try not to brake while you drive over them. Nationwide Insurance explains that braking as you travel over a pothole may cause your tire to slam into the edge of the hole with extreme force, possibly causing damage to your vehicle.
5. Service your vehicle before your trip. This tip is one of the most important, and may seem like common sense to many. It is imperative to make sure your vehicle is working properly before driving it on a road trip. A simple check-up could save you a world of problems. Ensure that everything from the windshield wipers to the tires are safe, as dealing with a minor car problem can put a major kink in your vacation plans.
The Charles E. Boyk Law Offices, LLC is confident that if you follow the above safety tips, your vacation will go on as planned. The office also reminds all families to have fun and create memories that will last a lifetime!