Safe Summer Driving: Here’s What to Know When the Temps Rise
Even the safest motorists need a reminder about the risks of summer driving. The dangers of snow and ice are traded for flash floods and blinding sun. Take a look at what you need to consider when you’re on the roads this summer.
Kids and pets
The most important thing to remember in the summer months is that it’s never safe to leave pets or children in the car. The temperature rises rapidly in a closed-up car – and in a car with the windows down, if the temp is high enough outside. Even a sunshade isn’t enough protection to keep the inside cool.
If your vehicle’s air conditioning isn’t working or if you don’t have it at all, you’re actually in danger of dehydration on the hottest days. Think of it along the same lines as leaving your pet or child in a car – the interior will heat up rapidly without a way to cool it down. It’s always a good idea to keep some cool water with you when you’re traveling long distances in the summer.
One of the best things about summer is how long daylight lasts. The problem is, as that bright ball makes its slow descent, there’s a fair amount of time that it’s absolutely blinding to drive toward. A good pair of sunglasses can help.
It’s also vital that you keep your windshield clean and free of grime and cracks. The glare on a dirty or damaged windshield can seriously hinder your evening visibility.
Extremely dry ground and a quick, heavy downpour can be a recipe for disaster. Pull over until you can see well enough to avoid dangerous areas.
Not only do the roads become congested due to the influx of vacationers, there are also different types of vehicles to watch out for. For example, in the summer, you’ll see a lot more vehicles towing things like boats and jet skis. Stay alert when sharing the road with extra, unusual summer traffic.
You probably don’t think much about getting a sunburn inside your vehicle. But, have you ever heard of “Trucker’s Arm?” It refers to the way truck drivers have a left arm that gets more sun from hanging out the window. Be sure to apply sunscreen to avoid dangerous sunburn.
Avoid summer driving dangers
Summer brings its own driving risks. But being aware can make all the difference. Follow these tips and have a summer of fun – not disaster. Routine maintenance is one of the best ways to make sure you’re safe in your vehicle this summer.