Tips to Drive Safe This and Every Summer

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Practice These Safety Driving Tips and Enjoy Your Summer

Going somewhere for the summer? It is the perfect time for road trips, but as you get ready to go, there are more things to consider beyond what you need to pack. Here are some safety tips to keep in mind if you’re driving anywhere this summer.

Check Your Fluids

In this heat, it is super easy for the fluids in your vehicle to dry out. You can prevent engine problems, fuel problems, and even issues of visibility if you take some time to do this. Don’t go anywhere without checking your coolant level and top it up as needed. Be sure to inspect your windshield washing fluid. You will need it to keep your windshield free of dirt and minimize sun glare. Lastly, turn off your engine when in traffic to save fuel.

Keep Yourself Hydrated

Your vehicle needs its fluids as much as you need water for your body to stay hydrated. Keep water at hand so you can sip on it when you’re stuck in traffic under the sun, or on a long road trip, make sure you drink plenty of water before you head out. Unmanaged heat can cause many problems, and you want to make sure you’re in the best possible condition when you’re out on the road.

Car shaped key in woman's handsDrinking and Driving is Out of the Question

You know this already, but it’s good to be reminded of it. Drinking and driving are two activities that should ever be mixed. Summer is a season that is full of events like pool parties, BBQs, music festivals, and more. You can certainly go out and have a great time, but if you know, you’ll be drinking, leave the car keys at home and get a lift home from a designated driver or contact a ridesharing service.

Perform A Thorough Inspection Before Any Long Trip

If you’re about to head out on a long road trip, take time to ensure your car is in pristine condition.

  • Check your tires for wear: If your tires are worn, hot weather will cause the hot air in them to expand and potentially cause them to blow out.
  • Check your battery life and battery cables: You don’t want to end up with a dead battery in the middle of nowhere.
  • Test your turn signals, brake lights, headlights —basically, all the lights in your vehicle: If something is not working, replace it before you leave.
  • Inspect your brakes: Long road trips call for brakes in tip-top condition.
  • Be sure your car insurance is up to date.

 

Preventing an accident is easy when you take the necessary precautions. Drive safe this summer and save money on your car insurance!

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