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Illinois injury lawyerThe summer is the ideal time for individuals, families, and friends to take a road trip. If you are planning a road trip across the state or country, there are certain steps you should take to keep yourself and other motorists safe. Here are six summer road trip safety trips we recommend:

1. Get Plenty of Rest

Going on a road trip can be exhausting. After all, driving for long hours and stopping to enjoy attractions is not particularly relaxing. Therefore, you should get plenty of rest. When you are driving, take regular breaks and make sure you get at least eight hours of sleep each night. If your schedule is too busy, you could drive drowsy and cause an accident.

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Illinois injury attorneyAccording to the National Center for Health Statistics, car accidents are the leading cause of death among 15 to 20 year olds. If you are the parent of a teen driver, there are certain ways you can protect them while they are on the road to reduce their chances of getting into an accident. Here are six ways you can protect your teen driver:

1. Practice What You Preach

If you promote safe driving habits to your teen, you should practice them yourself. When you are on the road, always refrain from speeding, distracted driving, reckless driving, and other dangerous habits that you would not want your teen to partake in.

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 Illinois injury lawyerWhenever you plan on any long-distance driving, you should be extra cautious in order to reduce your risk of getting into a car accident. These six tips for a safe road trip will help you make it to your destination safe and sound.

  1. Inspect Your Vehicle

Prior to leaving for a road trip, you should inspect your vehicle to ensure it is prepared for long distance travel. During your inspection, check your vehicle’s oil, tire pressure, brakes, lights, signals, wiper blades, and windshield wiper fluid.

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During the winter season, black ice is a phenomenon that makes the roads much more dangerous than during the summer. According to research based on news media reports, there can be upwards of 400 deaths as a result of icy roads each winter across the country. Winter road conditions can increase the chances that you might be involved in a serious car accident. Knowing how to handle your own vehicle can help you stay in control.

Black ice can happen when freezing precipitation makes the road just look wet as opposed to coated in ice. It’s hard for drivers to tell the difference, which means that some might drive at a normal speed without their full attention on the road. Another danger of black ice is that it can be patchy over the course of a road, making it difficult to control a vehicle that suddenly enters a patch of black ice.

Those drivers who don’t proceed carefully can make the roads much more dangerous for everyone, because everyone should approach winter conditions with caution. Even individuals with a lot of experience with winter driving should be prepared to slow down or pull over if necessary. Black ice can even cause your car to spin out of control at speeds as low as 10 miles per hour.

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Distracted driving accidents are actually caused by one of three main components of driver distraction: visual, manual, or cognitive, distractions, according to a recent research publication. Visual distractions involve a driver taking his or her eyes off of the road, manual distractions involve eating or other activities that remove a driver’s hands from the wheel, and cognitive distractions involve anything that takes a driver’s mind off the task of driving. Accidents as a result of distracted driving are expected to make up approximately 10% of all injury-related car accidents.

The study, conducted by the AAA Foundation, used three different experiments to get results: those done in a lab, those done with a driving simulator, and those done with an instrumented vehicle. The study measured reaction time and accuracy to peripheral light detective, subjective workload ratings, and brake reaction time. Six common tasks were analyzed in each of the three experiments, such as listening to an audiobook, listening to the radio, conversations on a hands-free phone, interacting with a speech to text email system, conversations on a handheld phone, and conversations with a passenger.

The researchers found that cognitive distractions had a clear impact on driver impairment. Drivers had suppressed brain activity, increased reaction time, decreased visual scanning of the driving equipment, and missed cues that should have been incorporated into their driving behavior. The final research results also indicated that driver interactions through speech to text systems actually created the highest level of cognitive distraction of all the examined tasks.

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