Summer has arrived, bringing with it crowded roadways, bustling beaches, and busy parks. With more people out and about, driving conditions become challenging and the risk of accidents increases. Additionally, the scorching summer heat can take a toll on your vehicle. Stay safe and follow these safety tips.
Summertime Safety Behind the Wheel
As a driver, it’s important to recognize that just like winter, summer has its own set of seasonal hazards. To ensure the safety of you and those around you, be attentive to these specific risks.
In your neighborhood, on city streets, in parking lots, and especially around parks, beaches, or any popular summer attraction, people are outdoors and often more focused on their enjoyment than on personal safety. It’s up to you to slow down and stay alert.
Bikes and Motorcycles
Bicyclists and motorcyclists are also more active in good weather. Pay attention and take extra care in areas that attract cyclists.
During the summer, the sun’s glare can be intense. To ensure a safe driving experience, keep your sunglasses readily accessible and be prepared to use your visor to shield your eyes from the blinding glare.
Keep an eye out for roadway obstacles and plan as far ahead as possible on how to safely maneuver around them. Storms can further clutter the roads with debris, tree limbs, or even downed power lines.
Don’t forget the dangers of summer parking. Leaving children and pets in parked cars exposes them to the dangers of heatstroke, which can lead to serious injury or even death. Remember, even rolling down the windows does not provide adequate cooling in hot temperatures.
Road Trip Safety
A road trip with family and friends can make a memorable summer for both the right and the wrong reasons. By prioritizing careful planning and safe driving, you can make your road trip a memorable experience for all the right reasons. There will be plenty of time for fun once you reach your destination.
Inspect Your Ride
Before setting off on your adventure, have a mechanic give your car, motorcycle, or RV a full inspection. Pay particular attention to coolant and oil levels to safeguard your engine’s health. If you have a bike carrier or trailer attached to your vehicle, be sure that everything is secure.
Pack Emergency Supplies
Space is at a premium when packing for a summer road trip, but do not neglect to include important necessities in case of an emergency. This includes water, food, maps, first aid supplies, a flashlight, and a tire change kit. Keep your phone charged and gas tank full in case of trouble. Don’t forget to pack plenty of games, books, snacks, and activities to keep your passengers entertained and prevent them from distracting you!