The summer driving season is approaching, which means it's time to stay on high alert as more motorists hit the road and more tourists who are unfamiliar with Las Vegas roads head to town.
Allow the Las Vegas personal injury attorneys at Greenman, Goldberg, Raby and Martinez share summer driving tips to keep you and your family safe.
Summer spawns summer road conditions
Las Vegas can see an increase in certain road conditions compared to other cities over the summer due to higher temperatures and heavy tourist traffic. These road conditions, the U.S. Department of Transportation says, include:
- Road construction and detours
- Traffic backups and congestion
- An influx of motorcyclists, bicyclists and scooters
- More teen drivers on the road
- More frequent car mishaps induced by the heat, especially overheating engines and tire blowouts
- Distracted drivers, especially in tourist areas
In town, Las Vegas personal injury attorneys advocate caution and patience
While you may regard your GPS as your most valuable driving companion, the Las Vegas personal injury attorneys at Greenman, Goldberg, Raby and Martinez believe you need two commodities even more during the summer: caution and patience. Consider:
- Getting up 15 minutes earlier in the summer so you're not rushing when road conditions require extra vigilance.
- Staying off busy and heavily traveled streets and devising "roundabout" routes to your most frequent destinations.
- Checking all your mirrors before accelerating.
Las Vegas personal injury attorneys advocate preparation for a road trip
If you plan to hit the road this summer – as most Americans do – prepare for your journey by:
- Getting a vehicle tune-up that includes an inspection of your brakes, battery, tires, fluids and lights.
- Considering a membership in an auto club, especially if your journey will take you to a remote area. (Better to think "vehicle breakdown" now rather than when you're stuck on a desolate desert road.)
- Packing your vehicle so the weight (people and cargo) is well balanced.
- Creating separate "zones" for children and pets. (Insurance companies say children can be 10 times more distracting than cell phones.) Packing snacks, entertainment options and other quiet diversions will help you keep your focus while driving.
- Packing an emergency kit (or purchasing one at a home improvement store). At the least, it should include water, medications, blankets and a flashlight.
The sorry reality is; accidents happen even when people are careful. This doesn't mean it's time to panic, either. If you happen to be involved in an accident this summer, let the Las Vegas personal injury attorneys show you their "rules of the road" – the road to a happy and successful legal conclusion. Call GGRM at 702-388-4476 for a free consultation.