Summer Driving Safety

August 5th, 2016 by

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Did you know summertime is more dangerous for drivers than winter?  In fact, accidents spike during the summer months of June through August.  Why? Multiple factors contribute to this spike in crashes including construction, vacation travel, and even teen drivers.

To be prepared for summer driving season we offer a few tips to ensure your next road trip is a safe one.

  1. Check your tires. Stay safe and save money by keeping tire pressure at the manufacturer’s recommended level.  You’ll increase fuel efficiency and increase tire life.  You’ll also protect yourself against avoidable breakdowns and crashes.  To check if your tires need to be replaced, insert a penny into the tire’s tread with Lincoln’s head upside down and facing you.  If you can see all of Lincoln’s head, your tread depth is less than 2/32 inch and it’s time to replace your tires.
  2. When packing for a trip, don’t exceed your car’s payload capacity. Your owner’s manual has information about the maximum weight of all cargo and passengers your vehicle can safely carry. Before heading out, also double check that you can clearly see out of all your windows.

 

  1. Manage glare and heat. Keep sunglasses handy and use a sun shield beneath your windshield when parked to keep your car’s interior heat down. Never leave a child or a pet unattended in a vehicle. At 70 degrees on a sunny day, after a half hour, the temperature inside a car is 104 degrees. After an hour, it can reach 113 degrees!

 

  1. Share the road. Warm weather means more bicycles and motorcycles on the road and a spike in road work. Use extreme caution through constructions zones and look for pedestrians or workers.  Increase your following distance to four seconds or more when behind motorcycles and constantly scan in front, to the rear, and to the sides of your vehicle.

Follow these tips and you’ll have a safe summer of driving!

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