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Be Prepared on the Road

By David Peel

David PeelAs an injury attorney, I have seen the wisdom in preparing for the unexpected. Surprises come while we are busy doing other things.
A little planning, like these five tips, can make the road much smoother.
1.     Create an Auto Emergency Kit for your car.  Either buy one pre-made or they are easy enough to make yourself.  Important ingredients include a few bottled waters, a blanket, first aid supplies, jumper cables, a good flashlight (that stands up on its own) and spare batteries.
2.    Buy more UM Auto Coverage. UM stands for Uninsured/Underinsured Motorists coverage. On your car, you should carry at least $100,000.00 of this coverage. It is very cheap compared to what you may receive. It only pays your family or those in your car if they are injured or killed by an unknown, underinsured or uninsured motorist. If you can afford to, buy umbrella coverage as well.
3.     Create a “Go Bag.” If you have to go to the hospital with someone, or for your own issue, it is great to have a small pre-packed tote, containing at least the following: Toothbrush and toothpaste; Two days medication or vitamins you take; Warm socks; Change of Underwear; Warm jogging suit or sweats; Hairbrush; Deodorant; A book you have been meaning to read; Power of Attorney for Health Care; Living Will; Phone number of distant relatives you may wish to call.
This prevents you having to leave the hospital to shower. (It also means no one has to be sent to your home to rifle through your underwear drawer!)
4.     Check your Spare. Yes, you have a spare tire somewhere. Is it underneath, or in the trunk? Does it take a special tool to get it out? Are the other tools there? Is the spare even still inflated?
It is your choice, find out in your driveway or on the side of the interstate one night.
5.    Clean the inside of your windshield. Yes, I know that the outside gets dirtier.
The plastics of our vehicles tend to create a thin film on the inside of our windshield that might only be noticeable when it creates blinding glare at night, or even fogs over in cold weather. On top of that, it is really dangerous to try to clean it while driving.
Drive Safely!
Peel seeks justice for those injured in car accidents, work place incidents, medical malpractice, and nursing homes. He often addresses churches, clubs and groups without charge. Peel may be reached through PeelLawFirm.com wherein other articles may be accessed.
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