NHTSA’s Summer Driving Safety Tips

Long Holiday weekends like Memorial Day and Independence Day are great for family road trips, but carefree summer travel means additional preparation and practicing conscientious driving habits. In 2012, there were 377 crash fatalities during the Memorial Day holiday alone. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has recently issued a press release about safe driving tips for the summer. With an increase in vacation time, comes an increase in vehicles on the road. In addition to hot-weather automobile maintenance, the NHTSA wants motorists to practice safe driving habits this summer and all year long.

Summer Driving Safety Tips

• Buckle Up
• Don’t Drink and Drive
• Check Your Tires
• Keep Children Safe, In and Around Vehicles

Stay Safe This Summer

More cars are on the road, and more warm-weather celebrations are going on. This means that there is the potential for more drunk drivers on the roadway, so always buckle up for every trip. It doesn’t matter if you’re just going down the street. You could be the most responsible driver in Southern California, but other motorists might be under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Don’t forget that children are out of school for the summer! Don’t let tragic back-over accident happen to children in your neighborhood. Always check your blind spots. Finally, never leave children unattended in cars. It only takes a few minutes for a car to heat up, even on a seemingly mild 60-degree day.

Preparing Your Car for Warmer Weather

With warmer weather rolling in, drivers are encouraged to take additional precautions before setting off on road trips. Everybody knows that they should check their coolant to make sure their cars don’t overheat during the sweltering summer months, but what about tires? The NHTSA is encouraging drivers to check their tire’s air pressure and tread wear before they head out on the road. Don’t forget about the spare either! A flat tire can do more than just ruin your day. If you have a front-tire blow out on the highway, it could lead to a devastating or even fatal crash. Tire maintenance needs to be a top priority this summer. The team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. wishes everybody happy and safe summer travels.

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