Road Vehicle Safety
The summer months involve several unfortunate vehicle safety factors, including an increase in drunk drivers, an increase in overall traffic, and an increase in motor vehicle fatalities. Holidays like Memorial Day and Independence Day often result in people driving short distances while intoxicated as they head home from picnics or fireworks displays.
The National Safety Council estimates that 472 people may die on US roads during Independence Day weekend. July 4th is a holiday with high alcohol consumption rates, and most people choose to drive to and from events. However, studies have shown that, when properly used, seatbelts are 45% effective at preventing fatalities in motor vehicle crashes. Wear your seatbelt and try to avoid driving at night on major holidays like July 4th, when most collisions take place.
Car maintenance looks different in the summer. While the warmer months are ideal for road trips and vacations, they can also be hard on your car.
Hit the road safely by:
- Testing the AC – hot air blowing through your vents might be as simple a fix as a refrigerant charge
- Checking your tires – Winter can wreak havoc on your tires. Check your tire pressure to ensure they aren’t under or overinflated, and check the spare as well.
- Checking fluid levels – Check (or have a mechanic check) that your coolant, transmission, steering, and windshield fluids are all adequate.
- Changing your filters and oil – Take care of your engine by getting an oil change and swapping for a new filter to remove contaminants.
- Cleaning your car – High temperatures can melt plastic, food, and anything else you have lying around.
Prior to a trip, stocking your car is essential. Check that you have the following packed and accessible before hitting the road:
- Cell phone and multiple chargers that have been tested in the car
- First aid kit
- Emergency blankets and towels
- Nonperishable food, water, and medicines
- Paper towels or wet wipes for cleaning up
- Tools for changing a tire (jack and ground mat)
- Jumper cables
- Flares and a white flag
- Maps (GPS isn’t always available)
- Extra fluids for your car
While planning your trip, check the weather forecast, traffic conditions, and route. Give yourself plenty of time to get to your destination so you can enjoy the journey. Rushing can lead to distracted and aggressive driving, increasing your risk of an accident.
No matter how prepared you are, accidents still happen. If you or a loved one were injured in an auto accident, GreeningLaw, P.C. can help. Call us today for a free consultation to discuss the details of your case.
Water Vehicle Safety
More people use water vehicles during the summer than in any other season. Unfortunately, many people using water vehicles are inexperienced or out of practice. It is also common for people to operate water vehicles while intoxicated.
Keep an eye out for other water vehicles and follow these tips:
- Wear a life jacket
- Don’t drink and drive (that goes for boats, jet skis, etc.)
- Check the weather forecast
- Learn the rules of the water
- Adhere to the boat’s capacity
- Keep a boat safety kit on board
- Follow proper anchoring procedures
- Follow proper docking procedures
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