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Road Trip Safety Tips: How Not to Get Injured

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By Cynthia Hsu, Esq. on August 01, 2011 6:46 AM

It's summer. Maybe school is just about to start, or you've got a few weeks of vacation that you'd like to use up. What better way to close a summer than with a road trip? Safety, however, should also be on your mind. Do you know if you're legally able to drive with an out-of-state-license?

What other safety tips should you keep in mind before embarking on a long, cross-country trek?

As always, when planning a trip, while having fun may be the priority, the secondary priority should be safety.

Road Trip Safety Tip #1: Don't drink and drive. While DUI laws may vary from state to state, the fact is that driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is generally illegal in all 50 states. Behaving responsibly and making sure you don't endanger the lives of your passengers and other travelers is something to keep in mind.

Road Trip Safety Tip #2: Drive with insurance. Many states require you to have some sort of auto insurance if you're driving. So, if possible, make sure you're insured. If you get into an accident that you are liable for, you may face legal troubles.

Road Trip Safety Tip #3: Drive with a driver's license. Even if you have a driver's license in one state, usually driver's licenses are valid in every state. One thing to keep in mind is that some states have different age restrictions on driver's license, so while you may be valid to drive in your state, you may be too young to drive in other states.

Road Trip Safety Tip #4: Be cautious of your surroundings. Pulling into that shady looking motel on the side of a deserted highway may mean you'll be paying a cheap nightly rate, but it may also mean you may be compromising your safety. Do some before-trip planning so you know where you'll be staying.

Road trip safety may be on the back of your mind when you're traveling, but keep in mind some of the safety tips, including driving with an out-of-state license, so that you can avoid injuries - and legal liability.

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