You may assume the most dangerous time of the year to drive is the winter – but this may not be necessarily true. In fact, according to data gathered by the Department of Transportation, more car accidents actually occur during the summers. To ensure you stay safe on the road this summer, be sure to follow these driving safety tips:
Maintain your tires
The condition of your tires has a huge impact on how your vehicle handles, your fuel costs and how long your tires will last. To keep them in good condition, you need to check your tire pressure on a regular basis. The tire pressure should be at the level recommended by the manufacturer. Low tire pressure can make your vehicle more difficult to operate.
Replace tires when needed
Tires in poor condition should be replaced right away. You can tell if your tires need to be replaced by placing a quarter into the tread of the tire. The head should be faced towards the tire. If none of the head is covered, then your tread is below 1/8 of an inch and your tire should be replaced.
Don’t weigh your vehicle down
Check your vehicle’s owner’s manual to find out the maximum weight of cargo and passengers your vehicle can safely carry. A payload that exceeds the suggested capacity can add stress to your tires as well as make handling the vehicle less accurate – especially when it comes to breaking and accelerating.
Be wary of glare
The sun’s glare can temporarily blind you while you are driving, so make sure you keep sunglasses nearby.
Watch out for summer storms
Even a few minutes of rainfall can make the roads much riskier to drive on. In fact, the roads are more dangerous within the first few minutes of a rain storm because the water will mix with the oil and dirt on the road. The oil and dirt won’t wash off the road until it’s experienced around 30 minutes worth of rainfall. So always be cautious and leave the required amount of space when following another vehicle.
Pay attention to others on the road
During the summer season, you’re much more likely to see motorcycles and bicycles on the road. Always keep an eye out for motorcycles and bicycles as they can creep up from your blind side. Stay further behind than you would if you were behind a car, and if possible, don’t share any lanes with motorcycles. Of course, you should also be wary of any nearby pedestrians as well.
There’s always some risk to driving no matter what time of the year it is. Keep these summer driving tips in mind to help reduce that risk. If you or any of your loved ones are injured in a car accident due to the fault of a third party, contact us at GGRM at 702-388-4476 today for professional legal advice.