Driver safety tips for the summer driving season

On Behalf of | Jun 7, 2024 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

With Memorial Day in the rearview mirror, many drivers are hitting the roads for summer trips. The summer driving season brings unique challenges and hazards, especially around major holidays like the 4th of July and Labor Day.

Here are some essential driver safety tips to ensure a safe journey during this busy time.

Plan ahead

Preparation is key for a safe trip. Before hitting the road, drivers should check their vehicle’s condition. This includes examining tire pressure, fluid levels and brakes. A well-maintained car reduces the risk of breakdowns and accidents. Planning the route in advance also helps avoid unexpected detours and heavy traffic.

Stay alert

Distracted driving is one of the leading causes of car accidents. To stay safe, drivers should focus entirely on the road. This means avoiding phone calls, texting and even eating while driving. Taking regular breaks on long trips helps prevent fatigue, which can be just as dangerous as driving under the influence. Be aware also that summertime is a popular season for motorcycle riders as well, and that motorists need to be particularly alert to notice motorcycles that might slip into their blind spots.

Observe speed limits

Summer roads can be enticing, but speeding increases the risk of accidents. Drivers should adhere to posted speed limits and adjust their speed according to road conditions. Wet roads from summer storms can be particularly hazardous. Slowing down ensures better control of the vehicle and more reaction time.

Beware of holiday traffic

The 4th of July and Labor Day weekends are peak times for road travel. Drivers should anticipate heavy traffic and allow extra time to reach their destinations. Patience and courteous driving go a long way in preventing road rage and accidents. Keeping a safe following distance from other vehicles, particularly large trucks, is also important in heavy traffic.

Never drink and drive

Holiday celebrations often include alcohol. Drivers should always have a plan to get home safely without driving under the influence. Designating a sober driver or using public transportation can save lives.

Buckle up

Seat belts are the most effective safety feature in vehicles. Every passenger should buckle up, regardless of their seating position. Proper use of car seats and booster seats for children is equally important.

Statistics from the National Safety Council show that motor vehicle deaths exceeded 4,000 per month in 2022 from July to September. This gruesome statistic illustrates just how important it is to abide by good safety practices at all times, particularly in the summer.


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