Summer is a time for travel and road trips. Unfortunately, it is also a time when many collisions occur with more people on the roads. Safer Car provides summer driving tips to help reduce the chance of getting injured or killed in an car crash.
Unfortunately, sometimes motorists become involved in accidents through no fault of their own when others are negligent. If you or a loved one is the victim of a crash, you should contact a personal injury attorney in Denver for help.
Summer Safety Tips for Drivers
Safer Car has tips for things that you should do before you go; for steps to improve safety; for how to behave when you get on the road; and for what to do in the event of an emergency.
Before heading out in your vehicle:
- Ensure your car has been serviced recently and that regular maintenance is performed. This includes oil changes, tune-ups, battery checks and tire rotations.
- Schedule a preventative maintenance check-up if you don’t know the history of the car you are driving or if your vehicle has not been serviced.
- Perform basic safety checks before you leave on a road trip including checking the pressure on your tires, examining your wiper blades for signs of wear and tear, checking the coolant level and checking all lights including brake lights, head lights, turn signals, interior lights and flashers.
To put safety first in your car, you should ensure you have the proper equipment to protect your kids:
- All children 13 and under should ride in the back seat of the vehicle.
- Car seats and booster seats should be properly installed. Be sure to check for possible recalls.
- Ensure all passengers are buckled up before heading out on the road.
To reduce the risk of problems and stay safe on the road:
- Be on the lookout for pedestrians and bikers. If a car is stopped in the street, it may be letting a pedestrian cross. Don’t pass if you aren’t sure.
- Stop for pedestrians in crosswalks even if the crosswalk is not marked. Stop far enough back that other driver can also see the pedestrian.
- Be careful of motorcycle riders and yield the right-of-way when required. Drivers often misjudge the speed of motorcycles because of their smaller size.
- Keep your cell phone off and avoid other distractions that could cause you to be less focused on the road.
Finally, to be safe in an emergency, Safer Car recommends that drivers have an emergency roadside kit in case of a breakdown. Drivers should have:
- A cell phone
- A flashlight
- A first aid kit
- A white flat
- Jumper cables
- A ground mat and jacks to change a tire
- Work gloves
- Duct tape to temporarily fix a leaky hose as well as some other basic repair tools
- Extra fluid for windshield washers
- Maps in case you get lost
- Nonperishable food, drinking water and essential medicines
If drivers follow these tips, hopefully they can get through the summer road trip season safely and avoid situations that could result in injury to themselves or others.
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