When the weather warms up and summer rushes in, you are probably gearing up for a family vacation. Since there is a lot around Connecticut to see, you may decide this year to avoid the hassle of flying and do a road trip instead. You would not be alone. Many people take road trips throughout the summer. This means the roads get very crowded, and the chances of accidents increase. Furthermore, a road trip has other hazards that you may not even think about. You should consider the following tips for road trip safety from the United States Department of Transportation.

One of the most important safety tips is to follow all road laws. This not only means driving the speed limit and avoiding any risky behaviors when behind the wheel but also that you need to ensure everyone in the vehicle is wearing a seatbelt. Children need to be in car seats or booster seats as well. You should keep kids under the age of 13 in the backseat areas and not let them ride in the front of the vehicle.

You also want to use common sense when it comes to safety in the car. Make sure that you never leave kids unattended in the vehicle. Never leave them inside a closed and locked vehicle as temperatures become deadly quickly. You also need to always know where the children are when moving a vehicle so you can avoid hitting them or backing over them.

Be alert when driving and when stopping along the way. Always pay attention to what is happening around you. Make sure everyone stays together, and avoid situations where you do not feel safe.

Before you even start out, make sure that you check over your vehicle. If needs any servicing, take it in. Make sure the vehicle is safe and ready to go.

Doing all these things can help you to have a fun and enjoyable vacation. This information is for education and is not legal advice.