The summer months are some of the highest traffic times of the year. Kids are out of school, families are on vacation, and road trips are in session. However, did you know that the summer months are also some of the highest times of year for auto accidents?
In a recent study, it was estimated that nine (9!) people lose their lives each day due to an accident related to distracted driving and it is estimated that 1 in 5 auto accidents involving injury or property damage are a result of distracted driving. Texting, talking on the phone, wrangling children or pets in the back seats….all distract drivers from focusing on the road. Accidents can happen in a blink. Did you know that if you are traveling at 55 mph, in the time that it takes you to read or write an average text, you will have traveled approximately the length of a football field? Crazy, huh?
Be sure to stay safe this summer road-trip season! Check out these tips for safer driving this summer (and year round!).
1-) Make sure that the kiddos are safely buckled into their car seats or seats (depending on regulations for their age and size in your area). If you’ve got the furry members of your family in the car too, make sure that they are seated in the back or are in a space clear of gearshifts, and not seated in the driver’s seat (yes that means Fido shouldn’t be riding in your lap. Sorry, Fido.).
2-) Never drive under the influence. There are simply too many options to get home. Do not drive under the influence of alcohol or any other substance. Try Uber for a ride home, ask a friend for a ride, have a DD before the party starts….but do not drive under the influence. It’s simply not worth it.
3-) Do not text and drive. Whatever the message is, it can wait. Texting is one of the leading distractions that is reported as the cause of auto accidents. If you have to return a message, use a hands-free calling device and call the person to instead of texting them back. Or, simply wait until you are no longer driving.
4-) Be aware of and obey traffic laws. Go the speed limit and remember to turn your low lights on when you’re driving if your auto doesn’t have automatic low-runners. Even on sunny days, driving with your low lights on makes you more visible to other drivers. Remember to always wear your seat belt.
5-) Keep your windows cracked and park in the shade. While those super-hot-seat leg burns are not exactly an auto safety concern, they do hurt. If you want to avoid those classically summer hot seat experiences, remember to park in the shade and keep your windows cracked. You’ll be glad you did!
6-) Remember your furry friends. Under no circumstance should a child or pet be left in a hot car. If you are running errands, bring them inside with you or leave the pup at home and the kiddo with a sitter. Summer temperatures inside a vehicle can cause serious injury or even death. In many states it is a punishable crime to leave a dog in a vehicle alone. In every state it is a crime to leave a child.
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All the Best,
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