Summer is just around the corner and so are vacations! Sani Dental Group’s primary concern is your dental health, but we also care about your general safety.
We know that many of you will soon be traveling; either to meet up with friends, and family, to visit your favorite vacation spot or maybe you’re going to mexico for dental work.
In order to have a safe drive, our dental clinic and staff would like to offer a few safe driving tips that can help you on your trip.
Check Your Car
Checking your car before hitting the road is an important step to ensure your and your family’s safety preventing breakdowns and ensuring a more enjoyable trip. Here are some key areas to consider checking before going on a road trip:
- Tire condition: Check that your car’s tires are filled to the recommended inflation pressure. Inspect for any signs of damage or wear so you can get them changed in time before your trip.
- Brakes: Test your brakes to make sure they are working correctly and not making any unusual noises.
- Fluid levels: Make sure to check the oil level, coolant level, brake fluid, power steering fluid, and windshield washer fluid.
- Battery: Check that your battery is in good condition and fully charged.
Prepare for the Trip
Get some rest, mentally prepare yourself for the trip and study the route or set it up in your GPS device before hitting the road.
According to the United States National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), an estimated 100,000 crashes each year are caused by people driving while fatigued or drowsy.
Make sure to remain well-rested before a road trip. Get 7 to 8 hours of sleep. Try to avoid any medications that may cause drowsiness and if possible, take breaks during your drive to stretch and stay alert.
Secure your Smallest Loved Ones
Before the adventure begins, make sure all passengers are secure and with their seatbelts; this includes young children and pets.
Properly restrained your pet before the trip starts, the last thing you want is to see your pup jump onto your lap, distract you and cause an accident.
Buckling yourself and your loved ones up is the most effective thing to do for protection in case of a crash.
The guidelines for a proper and safe use of the seatbelt according to the NHTSA are:
- The lap belt and shoulder belt have to be secured across the pelvis and rib cage. These body parts are more able to resist crash forces.
- The shoulder belt has to be placed across the middle of your chest, away from your neck.
- The lap belt has to rest across your hips, never over your stomach.
- You should never place the shoulder belt behind your back or under an arm.
Don’t Text and Drive
Before you hit the road, answer and make all the calls you need to make; once the trip begins, put your phone in silent or vibrator mode. We even invite you to put your phone out of your reach. This way you won’t be tempted to answer while driving.
Even using hands-free is an enormous and dangerous distraction. Try to avoid these to prevent any accidents.
Keep Loose Items Safely in Place
Sometimes you will find that there’s a variety of loose objects in your car; from small items like children’s toys and bottles to much larger ones like luggage and boxes.
Objects like these by themselves are not dangerous but when loose inside a moving car they can roll through the pedals and cause an accident.
Look for Your Comfort Zone
Before the trip begins, adjust your car’s mirrors and driver’s seat. Your car’s dashboard can obscure your vision and lead to numerous accidents. Always keep the top of the dashboard free.
Stop and Eat, Before or After the Trip
Avoid eating, drinking or smoking while the car is in motion; these actions involve keeping one hand of the wheel and can even be distracting.
The Travel Playlist
Before hitting the road, pre-set your travel playlist, changing radio station, looking for the dials and buttons will take your eyes off the road and can lead to accident.
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Stay Safe on the Road!
The tips above can help you have a safe drive this summer. Whether you’re going to visit your loved ones abroad or you're coming to see an algodones mexico dentist, be sure to have these tips in mind and make memorable moments during your vacation!
If you are considering getting dental attention in Mexico, Sani Dental Group invites you to visit our clinics. For more information contact us at (928) 257-1307 or through WhatsApp at +52 (984) 143-9777, our patient coordinators will gladly help you with any questions.
Avoid distractions and accidents this summer, have a safe drive protect your love ones and create new smiles.