- Practice Areas
If you’ve been out on the roads recently, you know that some drivers are taking advantage of the lighter traffic (due to more people working from home) and are regularly speeding well above the posted limits. Accounts of reckless and aggressive driving are soaring across the United States, too, including in Colorado.
I vividly remember one road trip where my family and I were driving up Colorado Highway 285 for a weekend getaway. I recall everyone feeling so excited to hit the mountains and spend some quality time together. Then, out of the blue, a maniac came flying by us on the left, crossing a double yellow line, going at least 20 miles over the speed limit, weaving back and forth around traffic. Not only did that guy risk his own life, but he also risked the lives of everyone on the road with him.
With so many Colorado families swapping their destination vacations for local adventures this summer, there will be more of us out on the roads with our families. More reckless drivers to watch out for means a greater need for driver safety practices and awareness.
Sadly, in Colorado, we see head-on collisions on mountain roads all the time because of reckless drivers. They get upset about the traffic and think that they can gain time (and “beat” other people) by passing unsafely.
It may seem morbid, but I suggest that, before you get in your car and head out on a family road trip, you think about whether you want to arrive safely at your destination or you want to be the Denver Post’s next awful headline: “Entire family killed by a head-on collision.”
Yes, I’m serious. One impatient pass on a blind turn and you’re a headline. I certainly never risk that with my family, which is exactly why I take on safe driving practices when driving with my family – and when driving by myself. And I will be even more on guard this summer.
Toward that end, I thought I would share 5 safe driving tips to help you stay safe during your family road trip this summer:
Now that you’re mentally prepared for the road trip, it’s time to make sure that your car is prepared, too. If you look at an atlas (I still love paper maps!) and see long stretches of desert or mountain passes or any uncivilized regions in your path, imagine yourself stuck there. Chances are good that you also won’t have cell phone coverage in some of these areas. With that in mind, you’d better make sure your car is ready to carry you all the way to your destination. Here are some items to check:
I also recommend that you pack an emergency road kit. Check out the “how-to” article I wrote about car emergency kits.
I hope you have a safe road trip this summer!
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