Summer driving can pose real challenges and risks to drivers, passengers, and other road users. Observing tried and tested safety tips is a sure way to have the best memories of your summer for a long time. We have come up with the following summer driving safety tips to ensure your safety and comfort while on the road under the hot weather:
1. Always Park Your Car Under a Shade
Park your car under a shade to help it be cool before you start driving. You will save on fuel by not having to turn on the air conditioner immediately you get in the car. Driving in a hot car can cause fatigue and increase driving errors.
2. Refill the Fluids
Car engines heat up too fast during the summer, more so when traffic is at a standstill. Refill the coolant to help cool down and save on fuel. Your vehicle’s air conditioner will function more effectively.
3. Avoid Sun Glare
Most accidents during summers result from an impaired vision from the sun. Install a dash cam in your car to help you have a clear view of the road ahead when your vision is distracted the rays of the sun when driving. For those who have no problem wearing glasses when driving, consider having a pair of anti-glare sunglasses. Additionally, pull on the sun visors to cover your eyes from the glare of the sun.
4. Lookout for Other Road Users
Summers attract many road users including cyclists, horse riders, motorcyclists, and pedestrians. Remain calm and focused when driving to avoid causing accidents since other users might be a bit care-free. Avoid overtaking along areas unfamiliar to you and make proper use of the mirrors.
5. Anticipate Change of Weather
Weather can change at any time including torrential rains in the middle of summers. Ensure to carry along with your recovery gear including tow ropes and shovel in case you get stuck on the way.
6. Drink Plenty of Water
Take enough water with you to sustain your family while on a journey during summer. Drink a lot of water when driving during the summer to help you from becoming dehydrated. Dehydration can bring a medical emergency and spoil our plans.
7. Never Leave Your Baby Alone in the Car
Vehicles heat up so fast during the summer. High temperature can kill your child if left alone in stationary cars. No matter the duration you will be away, walk out of the vehicle with your kids and any pet you might have brought along with you.
8. All Passengers Should Wear Seat Belts
Ensure to have everyone in the car buckle up. Safety belts help restrain you to the seat in the event of an impact. The whole of your family including the kids need to learn this and wear safety belt immediately as they board the vehicle regardless of the distance of the ride. Ensure to have child seats to properly restrain your child since standard safety belts are too big for them.
9. Maintain Your Vehicle
Have your vehicle well maintained by ensuring to have regular oil, fan belt, and air filter change. Your vehicle needs to draw in a lot of fresh air during the summer for optimal performance. Have a qualified mechanic inspect it to remove any doubts before you embark on a journey and avoid breakdowns on the way which can bring a lot of inconvenience to you and your family.
10. Check Your Tires
Tires have a great contribution to your driving safety. Inspect your vehicle’s tires for wear and tear since they can become worn out due to age. Also, check that they contain enough pressure and are well aligned. Damaged underinflated tires are more susceptible to punctures and blowouts. Ensure to have a spare tire just in case you have a puncture in the middle of your journey when away from towns.
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