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Hit the road this summer with safety in mind

On Behalf of | May 29, 2024 | Car Accidents |

The 100 days between Memorial and Labor Day have the highest rate of fatal car accidents compared to any other time of year. Summer brings opportunities for road trips and travel. However, if you plan to drive this summer, you will also want to find ways to stay safe.

Preparation for summer driving can reduce the risk of accidents.

Preparing your vehicle

Prepare your vehicle prior to any summer holiday. Start with the ordinary checks, like tire pressure, oil levels and coolant. Likewise, ensure that you have a working air conditioner because overheating can lead to fatigue, discomfort and heat-related illness.

Staying alert and focused

Nonfatal crashes tend to peak in mid-afternoon, while fatal crashes tend to occur in the evening, prior to midnight. You may find yourself more likely to experience heavy traffic in the mid-afternoon, whereas nighttime brings low visibility and drowsiness.

If you plan for a long road trip, ensure you receive plenty of rest the night before. If you begin to feel fatigued behind the wheel, pull over and take a break. Traveling with a second driver can also make driving long distances more efficient.

Adapting to weather conditions

In addition to high temperatures, maintain a close eye on the changing weather. Sudden storms can occur and leave the roads slick while reducing visibility. Slow your vehicle in heavy rain and use your headlights for extra visibility.

Before you leave, always check traffic and weather updates to ensure that you can take all of the necessary precautions.

Keeping these steps in mind can help ensure you have an enjoyable and safe summer road trip.