Road trips are a classic summer adventure that can be a fun experience
for the whole family. To keep your family safe during your travels and
reduce the possibility of an unexpected trip to the emergency care department,
you can take a few simple safety precautions. Here at
Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center, our emergency care team would like to wish our neighbors a safe and fun season.
Have your car inspected by a mechanic.
Your mechanic can check your fluid levels, brakes, tires, and battery before
you depart on your summer trip. Having your vehicle serviced before you
leave is a smart way to
reduce your risk of roadside breakdowns.
Pack an emergency kit.
Even if you bring your car in to have it serviced, it’s wise to pack
an emergency kit just in case of inclement weather or other unpredictable
problems that can occur on the road. Bring a car charger for your cellphone,
a flashlight, and extra batteries, and a first aid kit with extra prescription
medications if needed. Pack some extra water and non-perishable food,
along with emergency blankets and road flares. Check your trunk to make
sure you have a spare tire and a jack, and consider bringing along some
basic repair supplies such as jumper cables.
Make sure everyone buckles up.
Car accidents are a major cause of serious injuries and fatalities, but
fortunately, seat belts can save lives. Set a good example by always wearing
your seat belt while driving and make sure your passengers are all buckled
up. If you have young children, consider checking with your pediatrician
to be sure that they are in appropriate car seats for their height and weight.
Schedule plenty of rest stops.
Fatigued driving is one of the many possible causes of car crashes. Keep
your family safe by scheduling regular rest stops along your route. If
you do find yourself becoming sleepy, pull over as soon as possible and
let another adult take the wheel or find a hotel.
If you’re traveling around the Las Vegas area this summer and you
require medical assistance, you can turn to Sunrise Hospital and Medical
Center. We are a community hospital that provides
emergency care, heart health care, stroke care, and many other specialty services. You
can request a physician referral or general information about our hospital
by calling (702) 233-5300.