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Summer Driving Safety Tips

Jun 11th, 2024

To say that summertime is driving season in the U.S. would be an understatement. In fact, recent surveys predict that 82 percent of American adults (212 million total) will hit the roadways at some point during the summer of 2024. With that many people on the roads comes additional risks and a need for even more caution than before. If your summer plans involve driving, here are some reminders about staying safe.


Keep Your Vehicle Maintained

Taking your vehicle for regular maintenance is important, especially before embarking on a long trip. Tire pressure, oil levels, brake function, and even air conditioning should all be checked to ensure your vehicle is road-ready. Also, ensure you have all necessary emergency supplies in case of unexpected breakdowns.


Wear Your Seat Belt

This has been said so often over the past several decades that most people either do it instinctively or just tune out…but seat belts have saved an estimated 375,000 lives between 1975 and 2017, and they reduce the risk of death for front-seat occupants by more than 40 percent. (Not to mention, it’s the law.) No matter how short your trip is or how constrained you may feel on a long trip…just wear it.


Plan for Increased Traffic

Summer means more vehicles on the road, especially on major arteries and near popular tourist destinations. Plan your trips with extra time to account for potential delays, and exercise patience in heavy traffic to avoid aggressive driving behaviors.


Be Cautious of Rain and Thunderstorms

Summer showers can create slick roads and reduce visibility. Slow down during rainstorms, turn on your headlights, and maintain a safe distance from other vehicles to prevent hydroplaning. If blowing rain or hail begins affecting your ability to see…pull over until the storm passes.


Watch for Pedestrians and Cyclists

Warm weather encourages more people to walk and bike. Stay vigilant in residential areas and near parks, giving pedestrians and cyclists the right of way and plenty of space. On the flip side, if you’re a pedestrian or cyclist, make sure you follow traffic laws and use designated paths to ensure your safety.


Don’t Drink and Drive

Again, at the risk of sounding like a broken record…alcohol and driving are frequently a deadly combination. Summer gatherings often involve alcohol, but if you indulge, designate a sober driver or use ride-sharing services to ensure everyone gets home safely. (The same goes for recreational drugs.)


Following these tips makes the road trip more pleasant and safer for you and those around you. If, however, you or a loved one sustain an injury due to someone else’s negligent driving, don’t hesitate to contact our experienced personal injury attorneys. We will work to help you get the proper compensation for your recovery.