According to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, Americans take approximately 2.6 billion road trips each year. Unfortunately, driving on unfamiliar roads increases the likelihood of crashing. Looking for landmarks and traffic signs can distract a driver’s attention long enough to cause a tragic wreck.
If you’re planning a long-distance journey, these five tips will help you avoid accidents on unfamiliar roads:
- Plan your route before you depart;
- Use voice-guided navigation;
- Eliminate distractions;
- Don’t panic if you miss an exit; and
- Don’t forget to use your turn signals.
Even the most cautious drivers can fall victim to negligent motorists. If you were injured by a reckless driver in Louisiana, contact Morris Bart, LLC. A Monroe personal-injury attorney will evaluate your case and determine if you have grounds for a claim. Call 800-537-8185 to schedule a consultation.
Let’s take a closer look at five tips for preventing accidents on unfamiliar roads:
- Plan Your Route before You Depart
Far too many drivers do not plan their routes until the last minute. If you intend to take a road trip, you should plot your journey several days before you depart.
There are several apps and online tools that you can use to plan your route and learn about potential delays and hazards. Waze and Google Maps both provide live data about particular routes, and they will help you visualize your journey and identify potential problems.
- Use Voice-Guided Navigation
All modern smartphones and GPS devices offer voice-guided navigation. This setting allows you to hear directions in real-time so you don’t have to take your eyes off the road to read your GPS. Voice-guided navigation will help you avoid wrong turns and missed exits.
- Eliminate Distractions
No matter how long you intend to drive, it is critical that you eliminate distractions. Put your cell phone on silent, and program your GPS before you depart. Ask rowdy passengers to behave, and avoid eating and drinking behind the wheel. Anything that impairs your physical, mental or visual abilities while driving is a potentially deadly distraction.
- Don’t Panic If You Miss an Exit
It is common to make mistakes when driving on unfamiliar roads. If you miss an exit or a turn, do not slam on your brakes or make a sudden lane change; rather, continue until your GPS device offers an alternative route.
- Don’t Forget to Use Your Turn Signals
It is easy to forget about turn signals when you are driving under pressure on unfamiliar roads – particularly if you miss your turn. Make sure you always use your turn signals so other drivers can anticipate your actions.
If you were injured in a crash with a drunk, distracted or otherwise negligent driver, contact a Monroe accident lawyer from Morris Bart, LLC. You may be entitled to compensation for lost income, health-care bills and other damages. Schedule a consultation today by calling 800-537-8185.