While some drivers may think that winter, the season of bad road conditions, may be the worst time for accidents, summertime actually holds that record. Due to an increase in traveling, both near and far, traffic on the roads increases, and some drivers are lulled into a false sense of security because of the clear roads. Even though we don’t have to worry about slippery conditions, there’s still normal safe driving habits that should be maintained.
Safe Driving Practices:
- Do you best to avoid distractions like cell phones, adjusting car settings, passengers, putting on makeup, or eating food.
- Even though the road conditions are better, drivers should still maintain a proper following distance to give yourself time to react. Allow at least 3 seconds between you and the car in front of you.
- If you are on a long road trip, stop every couple of hours for a break or routinely switch drivers. Driving for long periods can make the driver drowsy.
- Have sunglasses in the car to avoid sun glares that can temporarily blind the driver.
- Do not wear flip flops if possible. They’re easy to get caught under the pedals.
Ways to Prepare for a Road Trip:
- Check your tires’ air pressure before heading out. This will help ensure it wears down evenly over time and gets you better mileage.
- Make sure all of your lights are working: headlights, brake lights, turn signals, emergency flashers, and trailer lights.
- Look at your last service appointment receipt or the sticker on your windshield to see if you’re due for a maintenance appointment.
- Inspect your wiper blades to see if they need to be replaced. Damaged or old wiper blades will be no help if you’re caught in a heavy rainstorm.
- Listen for any changes in how your car operates—such as new vibrations or clanking noises.
- If you’re planning a long trip, try to schedule a service appointment before taking off. This helps prevent you from being stuck on the side of the road with an avoidable issue that a routine check-up could have discovered. Plus, you can also get any recalls handled. If you’re not sure whether or not your vehicle has recently been recalled for anything, ask your service center if they can check.
We hope this helps you stay safe this summer and beyond. If you do get into an accident, Superior Service Center can take care of you through our towing services, help with insurance, and expert auto body repair. We are located in Eagan, MN.