Safe Driving

When the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons and the Auto Alliance were looking for bloggers to talk about the importance of driving safety it was, of course, a no brainer. Twice a year we set out on a cross-country adventure, where we travel from West Virginia to Arizona in the Fall and then back again in the Spring. I guess you could call us a couple of snowbirds haha.

When it comes to our cross-country travels the most important thing is safely. Although you can't always depend on the behavior of drivers around you, we always take a few steps to ensure we have the safest trip possible.
  1. We map out our route on the GPS prior to leaving.
  2. Make to sure to have a physical map/atlas, just incase our GPS stops working.
  3. Check the tire pressure at the beginning of the trip.
  4. Check to make sure all light are working on the trailer.
  5. Double-check the trailer hitch hookup.
  6. We make sure the cat food and water are all situated and won't make a mess for our feline companions.
While this checklist isn't crazy, I do think it is extremely important for us to use every time, especially number two. The one time when we didn’t have a physical map was of course when the GPS decided to have some sort of hiccup and stop working for a little while. Needless to say we missed an important turn and ended up adding an hour or two to our trip, which is never fun when you have already been in the car for eight/nine hours already.

Unfortunately, even when you're fully prepared the unexpected can happen, and If you're a regular reader you know we recently went through a terrible traffic accident involving our little Scamp. A blowout, or any other sudden unexpected malfunction can cause a lot of mayhem on the road, even if it's not your vehicle. I think often about the few seconds that took us from a regular boring stretch of driving to a disastrous roadside nightmare, and how lucky we were to have avoided so many other terrible possibilities. While no one was hurt in our incident, had the camper vaulted into the other lanes instead of the ditch, other cars would have become involved, or if the driver behind us wasn't as quick to act as he was, he could have collided with us as well. All together, I think of the accident as ultimately very lucky, but I think it goes to show how important it is to be alert on the road.

What are some actions you take to make sure you are driving safely?

The Decide to Drive program is also hosting a caption contest. You get a chance to win one of two $500 runner-up prizes or the $1,000 grand prize by coming up with a slogan for the Decide to Drive campaign! Enter here, contest runs from May 28 - June 13.

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

1 comment :

  1. Couldn't agree more. I hate seeing people texting and driving, as its always said "it really can wait"


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