Safe Summer Driving Tips

Every season brings their own unique challenges and dangers associated with driving. Driving in the summer can be dangerous because of heat, busy roads, motorcycles, and teen drivers.

Car issues are very common in the summer. Overheating is a typical issue; the summer heat can cause severe stress on older cooling systems. Tires are also more likely to blowout during the summer in severe heat. Keep an eye on your car’s coolant levels and check tires regularly to avoid a summer breakdown.

The roads are all around busier in the summertime. People like traveling in the summer so you can expect highways to be congested on the weekends, especially holiday weekends. You can also expect to see a lot more motorcycles on the road as well. Remember to keep your distance from motorcycles and always “look twice to save a life”. Not only can you expect more motorcycles on the road, but more cyclists as well. If you live in a city area, you can probably expect to see many cyclists on the road.

During the summer months, you can also expect more teen drivers on the road as well. Teen drivers are inexperienced drivers and unfortunately they are dangerous on the road. Along with teenagers driving, all kids are on summer vacation. If you live in a suburban town, be aware that more kids will be playing on the streets.

Check your vehicle regularly and be aware that roads will be congested during the summer.

The Dangers of Texting While Driving

We are all aware how dangerous it is to talk on your phone while driving, there has been laws passed to prevent this from happening so often. However, recently, distracted drivers texting or reading texts have been one of the leading causes of automobile accidents. The dangers of texting while driving has been increasingly being recognized as national issue and involves cumbersome texting fines if you were ever caught in some states in the US. Reliable research have found that it is six times more likely for someone to get in an accident when texting or reading messages while driving than driving while intoxicated. The five seconds your attention is away from the road to your phone while driving at 55mph is equivalent to driving across a football field blind. Now thirty nine states and D.C. have prohibited all drivers from texting.

By simple self-restraint to not use your phone during the duration of your drive will be beneficial for your safety and the safety of others on the road.  Automatic responses to texts and calls apps set up for your phone could significantly prevent driver distractions on the road. Other safe driving tips to follow is to have a drive cam which can monitor a driver’s activity and give feedback in real-time video. Just by merely using a hands free device or having both hands on the wheel is also sufficient in preventing the dangers of texting while driving.

Six Spring Driving Tips

Every season brings their own unique challenges for the driver. In the spring season, rains and the thawing winter make driving slippery and dangerous. Follow these tips to be ready for spring driving:

  • Potholes can be found everywhere in March and April after winter starts to let up. In early spring, this is especially a danger when municipalities have not fixed many of the potholes yet. Keep an eye out for potholes and watch for cars ahead of you driving outside of their lane; they could be avoiding a pothole you can’t see yet.
  • Spring rains combined with melting snow causes serious flooding and slippery roads. Reduced handling and slower brake time causes many accidents in slippery conditions.
  • Misty and foggy conditions are also common during the spring. Drive slower in these conditions because visibility is reduced.
  • Be wary of animal crossings in woodsy areas. Animal life usually begins stirring awake in the spring, and many wild animals are on the move in this season. If you see any deer crossing signs, heed the warning and keep your eyes peeled.
  • Windshield wipers often get damaged in the winter. Check their conditions and replace them if they have taken a bruising over the winter. With upcoming rains, you will want to have them in good condition.
  • If you live in a city or busy suburban area, be aware that nice weather is going to bring out bicycles, skateboards, motorcycles, and other recreational vehicles. While melting snow opens up the roads, you are going to have to share them!

As we enjoy the warming temperatures and begin to roll our windows down, don’t forget that slippery conditions and winter wear gives the spring time its own unique driving challenges.