With Summer rapidly coming to a close, most families are trying to get one last vacation or out of town excursion in. We want to remind you of a few Summer Driving Tips provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) who cautions those traveling by car to think safety first to ensure a safe trip for themselves and their families.
FOCUS ON SAFETY FIRST
Prevention and planning may take a little time up front, but will spare you from dealing with the consequences of a breakdown—or worse yet, a highway crash—later.
GET YOUR CAR SERVICED
Regular maintenance such as tune-ups, oil changes, battery checks, and tire rotations go a long way toward preventing breakdowns. If your vehicle has not been serviced according to the manufacturer’s recommendations, schedule a preventive maintenance checkup with your mechanic right away.
PROTECT YOURSELF AND YOUR LOVED ONES
Buckle Up. Every Trip. Every Time. All passengers must agree to wear their seat belts every time they are riding or driving in your vehicle. Set the example by always wearing your seat belt.
Stop along the way to take a group stretch, get something to eat and drink, return any calls or tex messages, and change drivers if you’re feeling tired or drowsy. Consider staying overnight at a hotel or family resort.
Resist the urge to check your phone. Keep your eyes on the road, hands on the wheel, and concentration on the task of driving. No one’s lives–neither your passengers nor any other road users–are worth a phone call or text. And remember, law enforcement officers across the Nation are now using innovative strategies to aggressively enforce their State distracted driving laws.
KEEP KIDS SAFE IN CAR
Heatstroke can occur when a child is left unattended in a parked vehicle. Remember:
- Never leave a child alone in a parked car, even with the windows rolled down, or air conditioning on. Children’s body temperature can heat up 3 to 5 times faster than adults.
- Always look in both the front and back of the vehicle before locking the door and walking away.
- Heatstroke can occur in temperatures as low as 57 degrees. On an 80-degree day, temperatures inside a vehicle can reach deadly levels in 10 minutes.
- Always lock your vehicle doors and trunk and keep the keys out of a child’s reach.
Learn more at safercar.gov/heatstroke.
N. Craig Richardson would like to wish everyone a fun filled safe Summer. Please don’t hesitate to call if you should need legal guidance over your holiday.