Memorial Day weekend is here, which means it is the unofficial kickoff to summer! People start to head out on road trips and vacations, meaning more drivers are on the road during the summer months. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reports that there are higher fatalities during the summertime.
Before you get behind the wheel, read these safety tips to ensure a safe summer:
- Check the air pressure in your tires: To avoid flat tires or blowouts, it’s recommended to check your tire pressure at least once a month.
- Never leave children or pets unattended in a car: Did you know that a car’s temperature can rise over 20 degrees in just 10 minutes? It’s important to keep in mind that even if you plan on running a quick errand, leaving a child or pet in the car can lead to dangerous and even fatal temperatures. Remember to take them with you at all times.
- Watch out for bicyclists: During warm weather, numerous bike riders, whether experienced or novice, hit the roads. As a driver, it is essential to exercise caution around bicyclists by reducing your speed and switching to the next lane only when it’s safe. Keep your focus on the road and be watchful for bicyclists and pedestrians.
- Keep an eye out for children: In the summertime, children are on break from school and tend to spend more time outdoors. It’s important to be vigilant for kids who may be playing, walking, or biking in your area. Remember to drive slowly and cautiously through residential neighborhoods.
- Don’t drive distracted: To ensure safety on the road, it’s crucial to avoid talking or texting on the phone while driving. If you’re on a road trip, it’s best to have a passenger use the phone for directions. If you need to use your phone, find a safe place to pull over or a rest stop. Keep in mind that risking a life for a text message is never worth it. It’s important to always keep your focus on the road.
These tips can help keep you and other drivers and pedestrians safe all summer long!