8 Survival Tips to Help You have a Safe Summer
Having the peak days of hot weather, June, July and August can also be the deadliest of times on American roads. The warm weather and longer days bring lots of fun and lots of health and safety challenges. Sure, it’s the best time for travel vacations. But it’s no time to take a vacation from safety. Here are eight survival tips to help you have a safe summer this year:
- Adhere to Safe Driving Practices: don’t drink and drive. Review your medications to be sure they don’t impair your ability to drive. Make sure you and all of your passengers are properly buckled before you start the vehicle. Secure heavy suitcases and summer gear so they don’t become dangerous projectiles in a crash. Keep your gas tank full. It may be necessary for you to change routes along they way, or you may be in a traffic delay cased by highway construction, a crash, etc.
- Carry Emergency Gear: a breakdown can occur at any time, so be prepared. In summer, along with the blanket, flashlight, rags, a red cloth or flag and reflective warning signs, you should have bottled water, extra coolant and oil. Extra food is good, especially if you’re traveling with children. Don’t forget to bring your cell phone’s car charger.
- Engine Drive Belts: belts should be checked for cracks, dry rot, glazing, uneven wear or frayed edges, and replace if wear is detected.
- Exhaust System: needs to be working properly and to be free of leaks.
- Inflate Tires Properly: Low tire pressure hurts gas mileage and high tire pressure is dangerous. Check your tire pressure regularly and keep it just right. Plus, make sure your wheels are properly aligned.
- Lights: blinkers, brake lights, fog lights, headlights, and taillights need to be in good working order.
- Managing Stress is Important: be sure to leave plenty of time to get to your destination. Check local traffic conditions. One great website for that is Sigalert. Focus on the drive and your responsibility behind the wheel to keep yourself and others in the car safe. Look far down the road, not just at the bumper of the car in front of you.
- The Fatigue Factor: don’t drive if you’re drowsy. Take regular breaks every couple of hours if you need to. Share the driving, if possible, with someone every three hours. You know you are fatigued when you start drifting from your lane, hitting rumble strips, yawning, and having difficulty focusing or keeping your eyes open, missing road signs or tailgating.
Have a fun summer and most importantly a safe one. Before you hit the road to your summer destination, review that all of your home and auto insurance documentation is up to date. For questions regarding home and auto insurance, complete this Contact Form or call us at 1-800-640-4743 and one of our friendly insurance agent will gladly assist you.