Tips and Reminders for Summer Driving
Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of the summer driving and road trip season.
As you plan your summer travels, bear in mind that the summer is the most dangerous time of year to drive. Teenagers face an increased crash risk in the summer months, also known as the “100 deadliest days” beginning after prom and graduation. The overall highway fatality rate peaks in the summer as well. We’ve gathered some essential safety tips and reminders to help keep your summer travels accident-free.
Summer months are the most dangerous for driving
A study by Michelin revealed that most drivers worry less about car accidents in the warmer months. In winter, adverse weather conditions draw our attention to the possibility of a crash. But in the summer, clear road conditions and pleasant weather can lull drivers into a false sense of security. Many people are likely to be more relaxed, and less cautious during this time, and that can be dangerous.
Drivers should remain vigilant and drive defensively year-round. And, routine maintenance is as important in summer as it is in winter.
Summer driving safety reminders
Just as in winter, it’s wise to get your car serviced in preparation for the summer heat. Heat can take a toll on your vehicle more than you might expect. As the season begins, schedule a check-up with your mechanic, or take the following steps to “summerize” your car or truck:
- Check all fluids, cooling system, and oil
- Make sure your tires are properly inflated and check the tire tread
- Check the condition of your windshield wipers
- Test your battery
- Examine headlights and taillights
If you plan on taking a trip, prepare before you hit the road. Plan your route (GPS may fail), allow extra time for traffic, and stock your vehicle with some emergency supplies:
- Cell phone and car charger
- Jumper cables
- First aid kit
And, of course, the rules that always apply, but especially at this high-risk time of year:
- Maintain a safe speed, and leave a reasonable distance between your car and the vehicles around you
- Eliminate distraction – put the phone away, or assign a co-pilot to manage the GPS, music, and other tasks so you can focus on the road
- Always wear a seat belt
- Get plenty of rest before your trip and take breaks to stay alert
- Keep an eye out for motorcycles and bikes
- Never drive while intoxicated
In the event that an accident does happen, the Scranton car accident lawyers at Munley Law Personal Injury Attorneys will be here to offer assistance.
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