Safe Driving Tips for New York’s Hot Summer Months
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) offers all drivers some safe driving tips in their “Cool Tips for a Safe Summer Trip” online brochure. Stating that “Prevention and planning are much easier than dealing with the consequences of a breakdown, or worse yet, a highway crash,” the NHTSA asks drivers to focus on safe driving behaviors when taking to the road this summer.
Our Binghamton car accident attorneys offered safe driving tips as the snow and sleet fell across the state this past winter. Although most people don’t realize there are special driving tips they need to know about in the summer time, with high temperatures moving to the east this weekend, it is critical to take extra safety precautions before heading to the beach for the July 4th holiday.
According to the Wall Street Journal, AAA reports that this year during the extended Independence Day holiday week a decade-high number of drivers will hit the road. AAA estimates 42.3 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more from home during the upcoming holiday weekend. With the holiday falling on a Wednesday this year, vacationers have the option of including a weekend and two week days either before or after the actual holiday. AAA attributes lower gas prices to the nearly 5% increase in the number of drivers over last year.
If you will be taking to the highways over the holiday, or anytime this summer, we encourage you to pack some items for safety as well as for your vacation. AAA and the NHTSA both recommend keeping an emergency travel kit in your car at all times. You should include items such as bottled water, non-perishable food, emergency safety triangles, a flashlight and basic first aid items.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) offers these “Cool Tips for a Safe Summer Trip”:
- Check the air pressure in all your tires, including the spare, as well as checking the tread for wear. Properly inflated tires and safe tread on your car, truck, SUV and boat trailer can prevent accidents or blowouts.
- Check the AC performance before heading out. With the high temperatures that will be encountered on the drive a working AC can help keep your family safe.
- Stay alert and avoid fatigue. Schedule your trip to allow for frequent breaks by stopping for food or beverages, taking time to pull over at a rest stop just to stretch your legs, staying overnight at a motel or local bed-and-breakfast, and sharing the driving responsibilities.
- Avoid distractions by putting away your cellphone, not eating or drinking while driving and having passengers operate any GPS technologies. Nearly 80 percent of crashes and 65 percent of near-crashes involve some form of driver distraction, according to the NHTSA.
- Make a pact with all passengers in the car that everybody aboard must wear their seat belts every time they are riding or driving in your vehicle.
Of course in addition to the above, never drink and drive!
Our Binghamton car accident attorneys urge all NY drivers to plan carefully for their next long trip. We want everyone to enjoy their trip and to arrive safely at their destination.
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