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Safety - Drive Smart

Summer Driving

Summer is finally here! With the weather heating up and traveling underway, here are some tips to staying safe on the roads.

High Temperatures

High Temperatures

Increased temperatures affect both you and your car. Make sure to keep hydrated and take steps in preventing sun damage. Applying sunscreen and wearing sunglasses can keep you safe from the effects of the summer sun. Sun glare can make it difficult to see your surroundings, so wearing sunglasses will ensure you have full vision of the road. High temperatures put stress on the engine. To prevent overheating make sure the cooling system is ready by having it flushed regularly and using manufacture recommended coolant. If your engine does overheat, pull over and allow it to cool down. Ensuring your air conditioning is functioning properly will also keep you, your passengers, and car cool during these hot months.

Construction

Construction

The start of summer also means the start of construction season. Remain vigilant in construction zones, there may be traffic pattern changes as well as workers on the road. Slow down and allow room for other vehicles. Remember speeding violation fines double in construction zones. Another incentive to remain alert and safe in these areas.

Checking your tires

Checking your Tires

Tire blowouts occur more frequently in the summer. Underinflated tires are the #1 cause of blowouts, so check your tire inflation pressure at least once a month. Also look for excessive or uneven wear which can cause problems in the hot sun. Simply checking your tires before you head out can prevent an accident.

Crowded Roads

Crowded Roads

Summertime increases the amount of drivers on the road. Many families are vacationing and young drivers who are on summer break have hit the road due to summer break. Remember to be aware of other drivers on the road and remain alert. Stay observant as many more pedestrians, bikers and others will be out due to the nice weather.