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Summer Driving Tips

22 Jun Blog | Comments

Summer is an exciting time of year for both kids and their parents. Many students are off of school for the summer and so it allows families to take vacations. Parents take off of work and get to relax with their families. And as a result there a lot more vehicles on the road. This article contains summer driving tips to keep in mind as you head out on summer vacations.

  • Emergency kit – everyone should have an emergency kit in their vehicle at all times. The emergency kit should change from season to season. In the summertime an emergency kit should hold things like extra water, first aid supplies, sunblock, etc. Should something happen to your vehicle and you are stuck on the side of the road you will want to be able to survive the heat while you wait for help.
  • Plan ahead – traveling during the summer can be a lot of fun, but it can also be hectic and frustrating. Because there is a lot more traffic on the roads it can make navigating to your destination or challenging. It is always a good idea to have an idea of how you plan to get to your destination and to have an alternative plan if you run into any issues like construction.
  • Be aware – that there will be more traffic on the roads and also more pedestrians on the sidewalks. Because students are out for the summer they are outside more often which means you need to be more aware of your surroundings. You also want to be on the lookout for people riding their bikes both on the sidewalk and in the street. Although there may not be anymore 20 mile an hour zones during the summer, it is still in your best interest to drive slower past parks and other highly populated places.
  • Car maintenance – is extremely important when taking a long trip. The last thing you want to do is need that emergency kit, so make sure you have gotten your car looked over by a good mechanic. Get anything done that is important like an oil change, get tire pressure checked, windshield wiper fluid, make sure air-conditioner is charged up, etc.
  • Stop often – when driving long distances because you can get tired quickly and not realize it. Stopping at rest areas or at a restaurant for a meal is a good way for your body to wake up and get focused again. Depending on the length of your trip it might also be a good idea to stop at hotel for the night just to recharge for the next day.

People go on summer vacations to have a good time and enjoy their families. In order to get to your destination safely follow the summer driving tips listed above. And remember getting to your destination quickly is not your ultimate goal, so much as getting to your destination safely.



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