5 Summer Driving Tips That Could Save Your Life

Summer is the perfect time for road trips, but it's important to remember that increased travel and warmer temperatures can also mean more risks on the road. As a responsible driver, it's essential to take steps to stay safe during the summer months. Many factors can put you and your passengers in danger, from tire blowouts to distracted driving. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, summer is the most dangerous season for drivers, with July and August being the deadliest.

 We'll discuss the importance of checking your tires, staying hydrated, watching for wildlife, avoiding distractions, and taking breaks to stay alert on long drives in this blog. We'll also examine the legal implications of driving negligence and why taking your responsibility as a driver seriously is important. So, whether you're planning a summer road trip or simply looking to stay safe on your daily commute, read on to learn how you can protect yourself and others on the road this season.

To stay safe and protect those around you, here are some tips that you could use:

  1. Watch out for distracted drivers

While behind the wheel, you're likely to expect every driver to watch out for you. But that's rarely the case during summer as the roads are filled with families on vacation or students heading to the beach.

So watch out for drivers who are not watching out for you. If you're going to merge on a highway or perhaps change a lane, always take a quick look at your blind spots, including your rear mirror, before hitting the accelerator.

  1. Watch out for hotness

Long summer days can be the perfect time to run that errand as there is barely a cloud in the sky. But getting stuck in traffic is no fun, and it's worst if the air conditioning is faulty. So it's always a good idea to prepare before embarking on any journey.

Start by ensuring that your AC is working correctly, including your coolants. Then, with a map, plan your routes before setting off so you don't get stuck in traffic.

  1. Beware of sun glare

Summer means being faced with a mean bright sun that could obstruct your line of vision while driving. The best way to deal with sun glare is to keep your windscreen clean, use your sun visor, and wear sunglasses for better vision.

Don't hesitate to pull over and rest if the sun is shining too brightly on your eyes. However, ensure you do that safely by turning on your signals so the car behind will know you want to stop.

  1. Check your car

Basic checks before you get behind the wheel can save you a lot of headaches and pain. For example, imagine getting stranded because you failed to check your engine oil, coolant, or tires. To avoid this from happening, always check your oil levels before hitting the road.

Also, always check your tires for tread and pressure, and do not forget to check your fuel gauge.

  1. Pay attention to the weather forecast

Typically, your summer weather patterns could include thunderstorms, downpours that could result in flash flooding, tornados, and more. Also, these can change with little or no warning, so check in periodically to ensure nothing has changed before driving.

However, when the inevitable strikes, despite being an incredible driver, the best you can do is get in touch with a personal injury attorney. So call or fill out our contact form to book an appointment.

 

Call Sgarlato & Sgarlato PLLC. today to schedule your free consultation.

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