Category: Driving Tips

Nothing embodies summer quite like a long road trip. Whether it’s with family or friends, packing up the car and heading out on a road trip is a rite of passage.
With those long trips in the hot summer months there are more and more drivers on the road and families on vacation can create far more traffic than usual so it’s important to stay more prepared and aware. Here are some tried and true tips for staying safe on those long road trips in summer months.

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Before You Leave

Prior to heading out on your trip, be sure to have your car serviced and inspected. It’s the perfect time to take care of that oil change or making sure your tires and alignment are up to the task of handling long drives. The hot roads can really take a toll on your tires and can lead to faster wear or even blowouts, so make sure to have yours checked before leaving on your trip to avoid an accident. Stocking your car with an emergency roadside kit is also a great way to stay prepared should something happen on the road.

Use a Checklist

With so many things to do, it’s easy to make an oversight or miss something seemingly minor. Because of this, using checklists when it comes to vehicle inspections prior to trips can be a life savor. While things like the tires and oil are easy to remember, less obvious things like windshield wipers, headlights and the A/C system can be a little harder to remember so using a checklist to make sure that everything is addressed and running properly with your vehicle.

Watch and Share the Roads Closely

There’s never a situation where checking your phone while driving is safe, but it’s even more dangerous during the summer. With so many families outside doing things like bike rides, paying closer attention to the road and knowing your surroundings becomes even more important than usual. Sharing the road with an extended amount of bicycles and motorcycles is essential in the summer months and will help keep you and other motorists safe.

Be Mindful of Teen Drivers

With schools out of session for summer months, there will be more teen drivers on the road. Teen drivers are less experienced and more prone to distracted driving so it’s important to stay observant and maintain a bit larger of a distance between cars when following or when coming to a stop.

Beat the Heat

It’s important to always keep water with you on your drives as the excessive heat while in the car can lead to dehydration. It’s also crucial that you avoid leaving any children unattended in the car for any period of time. Even after just 10 minutes in 80-degree weather a car can heat up to dangerous and deadly temperatures. Children’s body temperatures can rise up to 3 times as fast as an adult’s and heatstroke can occur even in 57-degree weather.

Take Turns Driving and Take Breaks

Long drives can be physically and mentally exhausting, especially during hot summer months. It’s important to make sure that you take turns driving if you begin to feel fatigued or are finding it hard to focus on the road. Taking regular breaks to stretch and rest your eyes will not only help break up the monotony of longer drives; it will also help reduce the chances for accidents involving you or other vehicles.

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Summer is a time for fun and excitement and long road trips are a big part of that. However, contrary to popular belief the summer is a common time for a high percentage of traffic accidents as more vehicles on the road along with more young and inexperienced drivers than usual can lead to more dangerous situations.
By no means does that mean you should cancel your plans immediately, rather, it just makes it that much more important to make sure your vehicle is properly tuned and maintained and ready for the trip and to make sure that you know all the little things you can do to prepare and simple rules to follow while on the road to get the most out of your summer trip.

It sometimes feels like you are driving a taxi cab, and your children are the passengers. As a parent, you spend a lot of time driving them to sports practice, play practice, or any other activity. You also take them with you on errands. This is all part of being a parent and you’re willing to accept that. While you have a kid in your car, there are some things you have to remember.

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1. Always be sure they are strapped in safely. This means not just seatbelts. Smaller children have to be in car seats, and you need to have a car seat that is right for the child’s age.
2. Never leave your child alone in the car. It doesn’t matter how old the child is, or if you’re only running a quick errand. Some terrible things can happen when a young person is left alone. Also, if you’re driving in hot weather be sure the air-conditioning is on or the window open a little bit.
3. Check on them occasionally. You do not want to keep your eyes off the road for a long period of time. However, it is a smart idea to every now and then to glance in the rearview mirror to see what they are doing. More often than not there is no problem. You can, however, be able to spot something that may be leading to trouble and be able to end it immediately.
4. Remember that you are the parent. This means that you are in charge, and will discipline the child if he or she gets unruly. Sometimes children don’t want to go in the car for errands and throw tantrums. Remind them that there are consequences for such behavior, and be sure to follow through if you have to do that.
5. Prepare for long trips. Family vacations are fun but they sometimes require long-distance travel. Even the best behaved children can get a little cranky if they are in the car for several hours. What you need to do as the driver is plan ahead for the trip. Make sure that there are pillows in the backseat for them to lean on, and you have books or games that they can play. You should schedule stops along the way for meals, or just to give the kids a chance to stretch their legs.
6. As a driver you are responsible for all children. Even if your passengers don’t include your own son or daughter, or are in addition to them, you have responsibility for whoever is riding with you. It means if the other children have to be reminded about courtesy, do not hesitate. If something goes wrong, you as a driver will be held responsible.
7. Always drive defensively. Your children are well behaved in the backseat and you have to be responsible behind the wheel. You may have to drive a little bit slower, but that is alright. Always be ready for any kind of unexpected development on the road. If you drive with a short clear distance behind another car, there’s less of a chance on accident caused by sudden stops.
8. Stay Relaxed and Keep Cool. Kids are going to get Kid Playing With Car noisy and very busy. It is all part of the being young. You do not have to react in a harsh voice every time something happens in the backseat. Stay calm with the children, and try to make everything as positive as possible. You’ll discover that the road trip is much easier if you do.
They all grow up so fast and before you know it you will not be the driver. Sometime in the mid-teens the kids take over the wheel and you become the passenger. Until that happens, you have to remember your obligations as a driver. The safety of your children is the most important consideration. Still, you also have to remember to make the trip as enjoyable as possible. Children ordinarily behave perfectly fine in the car. What you have to do is check occasionally on their behavior and always make sure they are in safety. Do not overreact to what they are doing. You may discover that taking a trip to your children, even to the grocery store, can be a very pleasant and rewarding experience.

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