Summer Safe Driving Tips

Safe Driving     by NOW_Marketing_Group_2019

Snow, rain, and ice are common cold-weather threats to driver safety, but summer brings with it its own set of dangers. For drivers, the added traffic of summer vacationers is just part of the increased risk — construction, sun glare, and unpredictable weather patterns all add to the danger.

According to a recent survey, summer and fall are the most dangerous times of the year for drivers, with July and August being the deadliest. More drivers are out on the road during that time, which increases the likelihood of collisions.

Here are a few hazards to be aware of:

Pedestrians:

Warm weather means more people out and about. People walking the neighborhood, city streets, parking lots, and especially around parks, beaches or popular summer attractions. This means you need to stay more aware of your surroundings when driving in these areas, especially keeping an eye out for kids playing, people walking the streets and unexpected things running/rolling into the road. In the summer, there is simply more outdoor activity and it’s up to you to slow down and stay alert. 

Motorcycles:

Motorcycles are the smallest vehicles on the road, and due to their size, they seem to be traveling faster than they actually are, which can make it difficult to spot motorcycles and to gauge how far they are from our cars. Make sure you are keeping an appropriate distance when following or passing a motorcyclist, avoid sudden stops if a motorcycle is following your vehicle and avoid kicking up debris from the road which could cause a motorcycle to lose traction and cause an accident. When a motorcycle accident does happen, it is always serious, there is no such thing as a motorcycle fender bender because they do not have the protection that a car provides. There is nothing separating motorcyclists from the road or contact with your vehicle. That’s why it is so important to remember these safety tips for sharing the road.

Vehicle Inspection:

It’s inevitable things break down during the winter months. Things come loose, rust builds up, and certain things need a good cleaning. Have a mechanic give your vehicle a full inspection when spring/summer time rolls around. Be especially mindful of fluid levels to help protect your vehicle’s primary functions. Engine coolant, wiper fluid, oil, brake fluid, etc. 

Enjoy your summer road trips and with these tips in mind you can keep your family and fellow travelers safe along the way.

Emergency Supply Kit

Cover the basics:

These are the necessities for traveling anywhere, 5 or 500 miles away:

– First aid kit, including band aids, antibiotic ointment, gauze pads, aspirin, bug spray, and tweezers

– A flashlight with extra batteries

– A portable phone charger

– Rain ponchos

– A multipurpose tool

– Jumper cables

– An ice scraper

– Bottled water

– Snacks (We’re serious. You have no idea how much food will help in most situations.)

Note: tailor your kit to your family’s needs. If you have young children or travel often with pets, include supplies like diapers or dog food.

Then, embellish.

Make your kit even more useful by adding any of these items:

– A seatbelt cutter window breaker (Keep this in your dashboard.)

– A small fire extinguisher

– A stash of cash

– Rain ponchos

– Duct tape

– Hand sanitizer

– Extra engine fluids

– An emergency radio

– Maps

– A blanket

– Matches

– Road flares

Finally, put it all together.

Once you have all the items you need, pack your kit!

– Use a clear, plastic container with a lockable lid.

– Don’t layer items on top of each other, because you won’t be able to see everything you have.

– After packing your kit, create a list of the items included and tape it on the lid.

If you run out of anything or something expires, replace it. You never know when you will need it again! We hope these tips will help you and make stressful situations a bit less stressful!

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