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Staying Safe on the Road/Travel Safety in Connecticut

Summer has finally arrived in Connecticut, and with its warmth and sunshine it also brings the promise of family car rides to barbeques and community events as well as road trips to vacation destinations. The anticipated pleasures of the season and the joys of spending time together are what summer is all about – and to make sure that our activities leave us with nothing but happy memories, it’s important that we remain vigilant on the road. You and your loved ones will not be the only ones on the highway – far from it — so it’s important that you remain aware of the potential risks inherent in summer driving, and do everything you can to make sure that you are well protected.

There are a number of steps that you can take to improve your travel safety in Connecticut and stay safe on the road. The very first of these is to make sure that your car is in its best possible condition. You can begin in your own driveway or at your neighborhood auto shop by checking the oil, all fluid levels, the air pressure in your tires, and the condition of your brakes. Make sure that you have essentials packed into your vehicle, including a jack, a roadside emergency kit, and a first aid kit, as well as enough water for everybody who will be riding in the car. You also want to make sure that your air conditioning is running well.

Once you’ve made sure that your vehicle is ready, the next step is to make sure that you’re doing your part by driving safely and obeying all of the rules of the road. This means that you should not exceed the posted speed limit and obey all driving rules. Connecticut drivers should avoid the use of electronic devices such as cell phones or GPS devices, leaving it to other passengers in the car to navigate and manage communications. It is essential that the driver remains alert and focused on the road. If you are behind the wheel and begin to feel drowsy, do not push yourself – ask another driver in the car to take over if they are up to it, or take a break at a rest stop. The safety of you, your passengers, and those with whom you share the road is in your hands.

Unfortunately, the steps that you take to ensure that you are behaving as a responsible vehicle owner and driver are not necessarily taken by all of the other drivers on the road. Negligent drivers can wreak havoc by drinking and driving, speeding, texting behind the wheel, and generally ignoring traffic laws. Their irresponsible actions can claim lives and cause untold injuries. If you or someone you love suffers an injury as a result of another’s negligence in an auto accident in Connecticut, contact Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers today. We are dedicated to providing victims of negligence with the legal representation that they need to get the compensation that they deserve.