Summer of Safety - Road Rescue's Guide to roadside safety

Summer of Safety

As the summer season approaches, many of us are gearing up for road trips and adventures. However, it’s crucial to prioritize safety while on the road. At Dugger’s Road Rescue, we are committed to ensuring your journeys are not only enjoyable but also safe. In this first post of our summer roadside safety series, we share essential tips to keep in mind during your travels.

1. Get Off the Road Safely

If you experience car trouble, try to get as far off the road as possible. This reduces the risk of collisions with oncoming traffic. Aim for a parking lot or a wide shoulder if available.

2. Carry an Emergency Kit

An emergency kit is indispensable. Ensure it includes items like road safety reflectors or flares, a flashlight, batteries, a first-aid kit, and basic tools.

3. Check Your Spare Tire

Before embarking on a trip, make sure your spare tire is available and properly inflated. A flat spare tire won’t be of any help in an emergency.

4. Monitor Your Oil Levels

Regularly check your oil before and during your travels. Low oil levels can lead to engine damage. Always carry extra oil in your vehicle.

5. Pack Emergency Water and Snacks

Keep bottled water and non-perishable snacks in your trunk. These items can be lifesavers if you find yourself stranded for an extended period.

6. Maintain Your Vehicle

Regular vehicle maintenance is key. Ensure your brakes, lights, and tires are in good working condition. A well-maintained car is less likely to break down.

7. Use Roadside Assistance

If you’re unsure how to handle a breakdown, contact a roadside assistance service. It’s better to wait for professional help than to risk injury. Plus, most services offer towing to a nearby mechanic.

8. Keep Calm

In case of a breakdown, remain calm and composed. Panicking can lead to poor decision-making. Take a deep breath and assess the situation.

9. Inform Someone

Let someone know about your travel plans and expected arrival time. In the event of an emergency, having someone aware of your whereabouts can speed up assistance.

10. Stay Visible

If you need to exit your vehicle, wear a reflective vest or bright clothing. This ensures you remain visible to other drivers, especially at night.

Stay tuned for more tips and detailed guidance in our upcoming posts. Safe travels!