Summer Driving Safety: 6 Tips to Reduce Your Risk of a Summertime Collision
June 6, 2015
In light of our recent blog on the dangers of summertime driving, now is a good time to point out some summer driving safety tips that can help you reduce your risk of collision and stay safe on the roads this summer.
Stay Safe behind the Wheel with these Summer Driving Safety Tips
1 – Get your tires checked
Tire blowouts cause at least 11,000 traffic accidents each year in the U.S. (according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration). While tire blowouts can occur after hitting debris in the road, they are also far more likely to happen when the weather gets warmer and tires are worn or in less than good condition (as the heat can cause the air inside of tires to expand, increasing the chances of a blowout).
So, make sure to check your tires – and replace them if necessary – before the heat of summer sets in. This can minimize your risk of tire blowouts (and accidents).
2 – Get your vehicle serviced
As you check/replace your vehicle’s tires, make sure that the other major components of your car are also checked and serviced. Specifically, check your battery, oil levels, brakes, etc., and make sure that any necessary repairs or maintenance is done.
3 – Always wear a seatbelt
No matter how careful you may be behind the wheel, you can’t control the actions of other motorists. So, be sure to buckle up and have all other passengers riding with you properly restrained (for children, this means using the appropriate child safety seats).
4 – Follow all traffic laws
Hopefully, you are doing this already, regardless of the season. If you aren’t, however, do your best to comply with all traffic laws during the summer when there are a lot more motorists, pedestrians and cyclists/motorcycle riders on the road.
5 – Commit to staying sober and focused when driving
Finally, it’s strongly advised that motorists never get behind the wheel if they are not sober and/or ready to stay focused on the task of driving. Drunk and distracted driving can be deadly forms of negligence, and eliminating these behaviors can only reduce motorists’ risk of collisions.
Do you have other summer driving safety tips that you may be practicing? If so, please share them with us on Facebook & Google+.
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