How can I make my summer driving safer?

Posted on July 9, 2020

You might plan on taking long drives with the family this summer. However, the hot summer months can present greater collision risks for drivers in Utah and across the country. As the AAA points out, the number of crashes that claim the lives of teenagers usually increases during the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day. So if you plan to take a long or even a modest trip, consider how you can make your summer driving safer. 

You not only want to stay alert so that you can avoid a reckless driver, but you also want to avoid creating a crash of your own. Before you embark on a long trip, you should also feel confident your vehicle is up to the task. The AAA explains how you may better prepare for a trip and how to remain alert on the road. 

Keep focused on your driving 

As you would during any driving season, you should avoid distractions as you drive. If you are going on a long trip, you may have children behind you causing commotion. You might have a co-parent or relative come along on the trip who can settle the children down and let you concrete on the road. 

There are many other distractions to stay away from, like using your phone for calls and texting. Consider pulling over instead if you need to take a call or text. Also refrain from eating behind the wheel. Eating or drinking can distract you as well. Think about going to a rest stop or a restaurant if you and your family need a bite to eat. 

Check your tires and batteries 

It can be dangerous if your vehicle battery starts to fail on the road. You and your family might end up stranded on the side of a busy thoroughfare or someplace far from assistance. Since batteries usually have a lifespan of around three to five years, you may want to test your battery if it is getting up there in years. 

Your tires should also be in good shape. A tire that is old and worn runs the risk of blowing out if driven at high speed on a hot pavement. Your tires should also have the proper inflation. Check to see the manufacturer’s requirements on the side of the tires. Tires without enough air may explode during a long drive.