Now that summer is quickly approaching, it’s time to start thinking about getting your vehicle ready for the season! Amidst the cookouts and celebrations (at least, hopefully we’ll have some this summer!), summer can be a difficult time to stay safe on the road. Here are 5 of our driving safety tips for this summer.
1. Check all of the functions and fluids of your vehicle before summer begins.
Remember to give your vehicle a comprehensive check-up before summertime begins! Check the air pressure in all tires, including the spare, and fill up if necessary. Make sure the wiper blades are functioning properly, and that you have plenty of wiper fluid to clean your windshield – you’ll need it with all the summer pests and pollen! Finally, test the headlights, brake lights, turn signals, emergency flashers and interior lights to make sure everything is functioning. This is true of all seasons; just a reminder for this coming summer!
2. Pack an emergency kit to keep in your car.
In addition to your traditional first aid and medical relief kit, be sure to stock up on a few summer essentials for your travels. Throw in some sunscreen and some aloe gel in case of sunburns, or maybe a few snacks that aren’t sensitive to the heat. It’s always best to be prepared! Additionally, maybe even keep some extra sunglasses and a hat in your car. You never know when the sun will be blazing!
3. Be mindful of extra people on the road during the summer!
Warmer weather attracts many types of travelers, including people on motorcycles, bicycles, and people walking and enjoying the weather. It can be tricky to spot these kinds of pedestrians, so make sure you’re double checking your blind spots. They don’t have the protection of a vehicle, so it’s imperative to keep an eye out for them to protect them. Leave plenty of distance between yourself and the motorcyclist, bicyclist, or pedestrian. Also, make sure to check your blind spots and use turn signals when changing lanes or merging. This helps keep you and those around you safe!
4. If necessary, appoint a designated driver when you go out.
Summer is full of parties and get-togethers; if you’re going to be under the influence, do not get behind the wheel of any vehicle. Alcohol and drugs impair perception, judgment, motor skills, and memory – all necessary skills for driving safely. Every year, driving under the influence causes the deaths of thousands of loved ones. Be responsible; don’t drink and drive. If you plan to drink, designate a driver before going out.
5. Check extra carefully before backing out of your driveway.
Large vehicles, trucks, SUVs, RVs, and vans, are more likely than cars to be involved in backovers. Before you back out of a driveway or parking spot, prevent these accidents by walking around your vehicle to check for children running and playing. If you have a backup camera, remember that kids, pets and objects may still be out of view but in your vehicle’s path. When children play, they are usually pretty much oblivious to cars and trucks around them. They probably also believe that drivers will watch out for them. Make sure to check extra thoroughly when leaving residential areas during the summer; better safe than sorry.
Here at RV Transport Life, we are committed to providing information, resources, and advice, to RV transporters and other industry professionals. Be sure to keep these tips in mind as you drive around this summer. We wish you safe travels!