Summer is the deadliest time to be on the road, especially for teen drivers. Memorial Day is quickly approaching and what is known as the 100 deadliest days for teen drivers. From Memorial Day to Labor day there are increased numbers of vehicles on the roadways. Families are enjoying road trips and vacations. There are a few main things to remember as we enter summer to stay safe in the car.
1. Check your vehicle before you go. In preparation for your summer road trips make sure to get your vehicle in good condition. Schedule a maintenance check-up and make sure to check tires, belts and hoses, wiper blades, a/c, lights and more.
2. Keep it full. Make sure your tank is full of gas before a trip. You don’t want to get stranded or have to locate a gas station in an area you are unfamiliar with. Don’t let your tank get too low.
3. Prevent danger to children and pets. Never leave a child alone in the car even for a few minutes. Heat stroke can occur even if kids are left alone for less than 10 minutes. On an 80 degree day a car can reach deadly levels in just minutes. Never leave your pet inside a parked vehicle during the summer either, it is dangerous even with the window cracked.
4. Beware of bikes. Bicyclists and motorcyclist will be out more often during the sunny weather. Collisions to these drivers can be deadly and often result in injury.
5. Be responsible. Do not drink when you are impaired. If you plan to drink, choose a designated driver before you go out or have plans to take a taxi afterwards. If you are tired, on medication or any other condition that may impair your driving do not get behind the wheel.
6. Avoid distractions. One of the main reasons why summer months are the most deadly for teens is the increase in teens driving in cars with multiple passengers. Passengers raise the risk for teen drivers by 44% (National Safety Council). Set ground rules for your teen drivers including a curfew for when they cannot be out driving around and how many passengers are allowed to drive with them. If they will be the passenger in friends cars make sure to talk to them about making safe choices.
These are just a few of the most important safety tips to consider for a safe summer of driving. We wish you all a safe summer!