June is National Safety Month and summer is upon us! Glass America believes in prioritizing your safety and that of your family. With kids home for summer break, you may need to find ways to entertain them and take a much-needed break yourself. The warmer weather and spare time mean summer road trips for many families. Adventures with the family means your car will become, not only a transportation vehicle but also a family room. To ensure your family is safe and comfortable, please consider these important safety tips to make memories and avoid problems!
Before adding mileage, it is important to check every aspect of your car and ensure it is working properly from end to end. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recommends that the tires, battery, belts, fluids, air conditioner, as well as windows and the windshield are checked by a qualified mechanic. If there is anything that needs or immediate attention, it should be rectified before the car takes you on your journey. For instance, a mechanic may find undetectable windshield damage that requires windshield replacement to guarantee a safe road trip for you and your family.
Take Breaks and Sit Up Straight
In order to avoid car accidents, the driver must get enough sleep each night and remain very alert. To do so, it is wise to break up a trip in two to three hour slots; it also recommended that the driver maintain good posture. Slouching has been known to cause drowsiness which can cause a driver to fall asleep or become less aware of potential road risks. Proper amounts of rest are vital to ensure the safety of your family.
Pack an Emergency Kit
You should be prepared for any potential accidents or mishaps with an emergency kit in your car at all times. The NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) recommends including water, blankets, a flashlight, jumper cables, flares, a spare tire (and the tools to change the tire), and a first-aid kit in your Emergency Kit. Accidents do happen – therefore, it is important to be ready for anything! The long days of summer leave many families longing for new adventures, theme park fun, beach days or even time visiting family. At Glass America, we know preparing for family road trips can get a little hectic, but we encourage you to take a step back and consider your family's safety before you hit the road this summer. If your windshield needs inspecting, don't wait, call Glass America today at (877) 220-1724 to schedule an inspection. A little planning and some small items on your to-do list will be worth it when you're enjoying the summer sun. Before you know it, you will be ready to embark on your next family adventure – safely.