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Stay safe during summer road trips

Many South Carolina families enjoy taking road trips during the summer. Planning a trip may involve finding lodging, deciding on activities, and packing supplies for the trip. But it’s also important for one to check the family vehicle before leaving on vacation. Ensuring the car is safe and ready for the drive can help prevent accidents.

Perform a basic safety check

Most mechanics will do a quick safety check for little cost, which can provide peace of mind before heading out on the road. But for those who prefer to do the work themselves, there are a few things to keep in mind. Check tire pressure and compare it to the recommended pressure based on the manufacturer’s guidelines. Consider replacing any commonly worn parts like belts and wipers before a long trip.

It’s a good idea to have basic emergency supplies in the vehicle. Keep a portable tire inflator, tire gauge, instant flat repair, and a spare tire with a jack in case of a tire issue on the road. One should also check all fluid levels and add or change fluids as necessary. It’s also helpful to keep a set of jumper cables in the vehicle in case there is a problem with the battery.

What to do when an accident happens

Car accidents happen on South Carolina’s roadways every day for various reasons. Not all accidents are preventable even when one has prepared the vehicle for the drive, and many crashes are due to driver negligence. When one is injured in an accident due to the negligence of another driver, they have legal options available to seek compensation from the person at fault. An attorney with experience in personal injury lawsuits can provide guidance on the next steps to take to file a lawsuit against the negligent driver.