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By Neil Davis
Founder

For many Americans, the approach of summer is synonymous with enjoying a road trip. Michiganders are no exception, and our state provides some of the most stunning scenery in the country. However, whether you intend to enjoy a journey along the shores of Lake Michigan or through Mackinaw State Forest, it is essential to keep safety at the forefront of your plans. 

Check out the following guide to help you stay safe from harm as you enjoy your summer adventures.

Pre-Trip Preparation

Before embarking on your summer road trip in Michigan, proper preparation is crucial for a safe and smooth journey. Start by ensuring your vehicle is in top condition through regular maintenance checks. Inspect your tires for proper tread depth and inflation, check the brakes, fluids, and lights, and consider getting a professional inspection if your vehicle hasn’t been serviced recently.

Next, plan your route carefully. Research the best routes and alternatives, taking into account potential traffic patterns and construction zones. Be sure to factor in rest stops and breaks to avoid fatigue, and allow for unexpected delays.

Finally, pack essential items for your trip. This includes a first aid kit, emergency supplies (such as a spare tire, jumper cables, and flares), snacks, and beverages to stay hydrated. Keep important documents like your insurance and vehicle registration handy, and ensure proper child safety restraints are in place if traveling with little ones.

Safe Driving Practices

While on the road, practice the following safe driving habits to minimize the risk of accidents. 

  • Avoid distractions by refraining from using your phone or other devices while driving, and limit other potential distractions like eating, drinking, or adjusting controls.
  • Obey all traffic laws, maintain a safe speed limit, and follow traffic signals and signs. Be especially cautious in construction zones, where hazards and unexpected changes may occur.
  • Employ defensive driving techniques to help you avoid potential dangers. Maintain a safe following distance from the vehicle in front of you, constantly scan for potential hazards, and be prepared for unexpected situations, such as a sudden lane change or a vehicle entering your path.
  • Manage fatigue by taking regular breaks to rest and stretch. If you start feeling drowsy, switch drivers or find a safe place to rest. Avoid driving late at night or early in the morning when your alertness may be compromised.

In Case of an Accident

Despite your best efforts, accidents can still happen. If you are involved in a collision, stay calm and safeguard the scene. Move your vehicle to a safe location if possible, turn on your hazard lights, and use warning flares to alert other drivers.

Call for emergency assistance if needed, and then document the incident. Exchange contact and insurance information with the other parties involved, and take photos or videos of the scene and any damage. Obtain contact information from witnesses who may have seen the accident happen.

Finally, seek legal assistance from an experienced personal injury attorney. They can help protect your rights and guide you through the process of pursuing compensation for your injuries, such as medical expenses and lost income.

Involved an Accident During a Summer Road Trip? Contact Davis Law Center Today

While advance planning and attentive driving can significantly reduce your chances of being involved in an accident, the negligent actions of another road user can put you at risk at any moment. If you suffer injuries in a car accident during your summer road trip because of another party, the experienced legal team at Davis Law Center can help. We have stood up for the rights of injured Michiganders for over 30 years, and we are ready to give you the support and advocacy you need to secure the compensation you deserve.

Call us today or contact us online for a free consultation to learn more about how we can help you.

Davis Law Center: your trusted partner for personal injury accident cases. Serving Detroit, Farmington Hills, Southfield, Macon County, Wayne County, Oakland County, and all of Michigan. 

About the Author
Neil Davis, owner of Davis Law Center, is a seasoned attorney specializing in personal injury cases. With over 30 years of experience, he has successfully secured millions in compensation for injured individuals. Neil is a dedicated advocate for justice and an active member of legal associations. Personal injury law is complex and best handled by a competent attorney who can effectively evaluate, prepare, present, and fight to win your case. Neil prides himself on doing all these things for his clients and would be honored to have the opportunity to discuss your case with you.