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Road trip driving safety tips

There is nothing more exciting than taking to the open road on your way to a summer vacation destination. However, if you aren't careful, you could put yourself at risk of being involved in an accident.

There are many safety tips you can follow, including but not limited to:

-- Inspect your vehicle before taking off. This will ensure that it is in good working condition. For example, your tires should be properly inflated as to avoid a blowout.

-- Get plenty of sleep. You never want to hit the road when you are too tired to be behind the wheel. Get a good night's sleep before you embark on your journey.

-- Keep an emergency kit in your vehicle. This can be used in many circumstances, such as if you are stranded on the side of the road.

Along with the above, you should be prepared in the event that you are involved in an accident with another vehicle. You hope this doesn't happen, but it is a good idea to be 100 percent prepared.

With these safety tips guiding you, it's much easier to feel good about your road trip. You know that you are doing everything you can to keep you and your family safe during your time on the road.

If you happen to find yourself in an accident, your health always comes first. Check on the health of your passengers and then decide what to do next. If anybody was injured in the accident, make sure you call for help. This can help protect the person against additional problems associated with ignoring an injury.

Source: Parents, "7 Safety Tips for Your Next Road Trip," accessed Aug. 02, 2016

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