Summer is officially here! As we dive in to another season of backyard fun, it’s also important to remember that this can be a very dangerous time of year out on the roads. According to the Federal Highway Administration, approximately 20% of the National Highway System is under construction in the summer, leading to more congestion. Between the construction, occasionally violent weather, and several holidays associated with alcohol, this is a good time to remember some safe driving techniques for the summer.
Respect the sun!
Driving on a sunny day can be gorgeous, but glare can create driving hazards. Make use of your visors, leave a little extra following distance, and maybe invest in some polarized sunglasses to cut the brightness. The longer summer days may mean that you’re driving into the sun at different times than usual, so please just stay aware!
Keep your vehicle serviced!
Summer heat can quickly cause your car to overheat if it hasn’t been kept up-to-date with fluid and belt maintenance. And nothing puts a damper on a summer road trip quite like a breakdown. In the best-case scenario, you’re stuck on the side of the road with no air conditioning for a bit, worst case scenario, an accident derails your plans. Before leaving for any summer odysseys, make sure to go get an inspection of your vehicle. It may take a little time, but it can really save you down the road.
Be extra vigilant for kids and pets!
Children playing outside is a sure sign of summer. But make sure to keep an eye out for them (and their pets) when you’re driving in and around residential areas. Kids may dart in front of or behind cars without warning, so it’s always best to take your time and use safety features like backup cameras and sensors. Finally, we know it’s been said quite a bit, but there’s nothing wrong with another reminder of how fast a car can heat up on a sunny day, and that kids and pets shouldn’t be left in hot vehicles, even for a few minutes.
Follow these few simple tips, and who knows, your town may end up on a list like Allstate’s America’s Best Driver’s Report! Congratulations to Brownsville, TX for being America’s safest driving city in 2019. Check out the rest of the list and see if where you live made the cut here.