Summer Trip

Summer Driving Tips

Focus on Safety – Cool Tips for a Safe Summer Trip take the time toreview these summer travel safety tips. 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.

Before You Go
Get Your Car Serviced
Regular maintenance such as tune-ups, oil changes, battery checks, and tire rotations
go a long way toward preventing breakdowns.

Check for Recalls
Owners may not always know that their vehicle has been recalled and needs to be

Go Over Your Vehicle Safety Checklist
Tires– Air pressure, tread wear, spare
Lights= Headlights, brake lights, turn signals, emergency flashers, interior lights, and trailer lights
Cooling System– Coolant level and servicing
Fluid Level– Oil, brake, transmission, power steering, and windshield washer fluids
Belts and Hoses– Condition and fittings
Wiper Blades– Wear and tear on both sides
Air Conditioning= A/C check
Floor Mats– Proper size and correct installation

Pack an Emergency Roadside Kit
• Cell phone and charger
• First aid kit
• Flashlight
• Flares and a white flag
• Jumper cables
• Tire pressure gauge
• Jack (and ground mat) for changing a tire
• Work gloves and a change of clothes
• Basic repair tools and some duct tape (for temporarily repairing a hose leak)
• Water and paper towels for cleaning up
• Nonperishable food, drinking water, and medicines
• Extra windshield washer fluid
• Maps
• Emergency blankets, towels and coats

Safety First
Protect Yourself and Your Loved Ones – All passengers must agree to wear their seat belts every
time they are riding in your vehicle

Protect the Children
All children under 13 should ride in the back seat.
Never leave your child unattended in or around a vehicle.
• Always remember to lock your vehicle when exiting so children do not play or get
trapped inside

On the Road Stay Alert! – Plan enough time to stop along the way to take a group stretch, get something to eat and drink, return any calls or text messages, and change drivers if you’re feeling tired or drowsy

Share the Road
Warmer weather attracts many types of roadway users, including motorcyclists,
bicyclists, and pedestrians.
While they have the same rights, privileges and responsibilities as every motorist, these
road users are more vulnerable because they do not have the protection of a car or truck

Avoid Risky Driving Behaviors
• Distracted Driving – The focus of every driver, at all times, should be driving
• Impaired Driving- Alcohol and drugs can impair perception, judgment, motor skills, and memory
• Speeding
Obey all posted speed limits, or drive slower if necessary based on weather or
traffic conditions.

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