Summer is here and road trips are waiting to be planned. Be sure to be safe while on your own trip. Here are some safety tips to follow while you’re on the road.
PREPARE YOUR CAR
Before you leave, make sure your car is ready!
- Check your battery.
- Check your tires.
- Make sure your cooling system is ready.
- Check your transmission.
- Make sure your smart keys/fobs are functional.
Now that your car is ready for summer road trips, make sure you have what you need before you set off on your next adventure.
- Make sure to have a phone charger.
- Have a basic toolkit.
- Have extra wiper fluid.
- Have jumper cables.
- Have emergency flares or reflectors.
- Have an emergency kit.
WHILE YOU ARE DRIVING
Now that you’re ready to get on the road, here are a few things you can do to stay safe on the road.
STOW YOUR PHONE
Turn your phone off, put in “do not disturb” or “airplane” mode.
KNOW YOUR ROUTE
Review the route you will travel before you leave or enter your destination into your navigation system before you start driving.
HAVE YOUR SUNGLASSES READY
Sun glare can be a serious problem while on the road.
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PROTECT YOUR CHILDREN
All children under 13 should ride in the backseat.
Make sure all car seats and booster seats are properly installed.
Be sure that children are sitting in the seat appropriate for their size.
Never leave your children unattended in or around any vehicle.
LONG DISTANCE DRIVING
When traveling during the summer, it’s important to stay alert while you’re on the road. Here are a few tips to help you do that when driving long distances.
- Plan stops along the way.
- Change drivers if you’re feeling drowsy.
- Stay overnight at a hotel if need be.
Some things you should not do while driving long distances are:
- Eating/drinking while driving
- Using your phone
- Programming your GPS system
- Reaching for fallen objects
OTHER ROADWAY USERS
Warmer weather means that you’ll be sharing the road with other roadway users. Be prepared to see and share the road with:
These road users have the same rights and responsibilities as every motorist, but they lack the protection of a car or truck should an accident occur. So, follow general safety protocols when driving.
- Be sure to leave extra distance between your car and a motorcycle.
- Always signal before changing lanes or merging.
- Keep your eyes peeled for distracted pedestrians.
- Stop for pedestrians in a crosswalk.
- Be attentive around schools, parks, and neighborhoods with children.
- Obey posted speed limits.
Now that you have a complete list of tips to keep you safe this summer, happy driving! As always, if you have questions, contact us!