Whether you’re navigating a long-distance family trip or just driving through your neighborhood, here are some summertime driving tips from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):
1. Maintain your vehicle.
Proper maintenance goes a long way toward preventing vehicle breakdowns. Before heading on a long drive or trip, make sure your vehicle had a tune-up, oil change, and that the tires are rotated and properly inflated. If your vehicle has not been serviced regularly, arrange a maintenance checkup to look for problems before heading out on your journey.
2. Stay alert.
During long-distance trips, stop along the way to stretch and take a breather from the road, get something to eat and drink, return any calls or text messages while parked, and switch drivers if you’re feeling tired or drowsy. It may be best to stay overnight at a hotel or family resort if you get too tired to drive.
3. Don’t drive distracted.
Eyes should be on the road, hands on the wheel, and concentrating on the task of driving. This is definitely important when you are driving through unfamiliar territory during a long road trip.
4. Watch for others.
Watch for pedestrians and those riding two-wheeled vehicles (i.e. bicycles and motorcycles) during vacation season. With school on summer break, expect to see a lot more children walking and riding their bikes in your neighborhood. Also, expect more walkers and bicyclists on the roadways leading to the beaches and parks. Keep in mind, that pedestrians and bicyclists are more vulnerable in an accident because they do not have the protection of a car or truck.
5. Buckle up.
The number one way to protect you and your loved ones in an auto accident is by wearing your seatbelt. This is one safety tip that is recommended year-round.