Road Trip Check List: Stay Safe

If you’re one of the millions of travelers hitting the roadways this summer, you’re probably thinking about everything you have to do before leaving from stopping the mail to picking up the dry cleaning.

However, don’t forget to properly prepare your vehicle and gather the right paperwork so you’ll be safe and avoid potential traffic citations along the way.

The attorneys at Skubiak & Rivas P.A Traffic Law Firm suggest reviewing the following checklist before beginning your journey:

√ Ensure that tires are in good condition and properly inflated, including the spare
√ Make sure brakes are in good working order
√ Check all fluid levels and change the oil, if necessary
√ Have the engine, battery and hoses inspected
√ Test the headlights, brake lights and turn signals
√ Ensure that your driver’s license is up to date and with you at all times
√ Check to see if the registration tag on the license plate is current and the registration paperwork is in the glove box
√ Confirm that you have the most current proof of insurance card in the car
√ If you’re traveling with a concealed weapon and/or a radar detector, research the laws in the states you’ll be traveling in and strictly abide by them
√ When traveling with young children, double check that the car seat is appropriate for their age and weight
√ Ensure you have a way of calling for help should you experience an emergency (cell phone, OnStar, etc.)

Even when you follow all safety precautions, receiving a ticket while traveling is always a risk since many laws can vary by geographic area. Pay close attention to signs and know that any citation received out-of-state could affect your driving record at home.

If you’re involved in a traffic accident or receive a ticket while on the road, especially in Osceola or Orange Counties. call Skubiak & Rivas P.A. Traffic Law Firm at (407) 483-7973

Offices in Osceola and Orange County Florida.

We’re here to help minimize the impact.