As you map out your summer road trips, it’s vital to keep some key road safety tips in mind. Some of our tips are to be taken to heart prior to hitting the road while others are to be implemented on the way! Taking some time now to initiate these tips can help save you a lot of trouble while on the road.
Plan for Weather Patterns
Summer tends to bring showers and unpredictable weather. Take some time in advance of any driving, especially long distance driving, to check on the weather conditions you can expect on the road. Heavy rain or thunderstorms might be reason enough to delay your departure, or at the very last pushing it back a couple of hours.
Beware of Heat stroke Risks
The threat of heatstroke is very real, especially over the sweltering summer months. Do not under any circumstance leave children or pets in the vehicle alone. Your vehicle has the potential to overheat very quickly, creating a potentially fatal situation.
Search for Recalls
While this usually isn’t top-of-mind, try to remember to do a quick search for any recalls that you may be unaware of. It’s possible that your vehicle may require a repair that you are unaware of. Searching for recalls is simple, you’ll just need your VIN number handy when visiting the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website.
It goes without saying that no matter the season, drivers should remain vigilant while driving. Keep focus and remove any potential distractions. If you’re traveling with a pet, it’s wise to crate them so that they aren’t tempted to crawl up front and distract you from the task at hand. Pay close attention to the speed limit, especially when crossing counties as the speed limits change often. Remain very cognizant of motorcycles and large trucks on the road.