These next few months will see the streets, roads and highways packed with more vehicles than ever before. The weather is nicer, the kids are out of school, vacations are scheduled, summer road trips are planned. But before you hit the road, it is important that you check your vehicle and review summer driving safety tips.
- Conduct a basic safety check of your vehicle. Check the levels of your fluids: oil, antifreeze and windshield wiper fluid. Check your tire pressure, wiper blades, lights, and A/C.
- If you have children, be sure you're aware of heatstroke concerns that arise in warm weather. Never leave a child unattended in a vehicle.
- Remember to share the road with other motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians. It will be crowded out there, so be aware of people who may not see you.
- Have an emergency roadside kit stocked with a car charger for your cell phone, a first aid kit, flashlight, flares, jumper cables, gloves and blankets, and tools.
- Be sure to have an updated GPS on hand (or a physical map or atlas, if you're so inclined) for your designated navigator to guide you safely to your destinations.
- Don't forget water and snacks, and even entertainment for the passengers. Build a playlist of road trip songs, tablets with downloaded games, and a pillow to stay comfy.
For more tips and ideas, check out this great interactive guide courtesy of the NHTSA.