Driving Tips for Warm Weather

As winter thaws and we move into spring and summer, the roads will soon begin filling up with road-trippers and people moving cross country. The more cars on the road, and the more freedom we have in that nice, warm weather, the more risk we’re at of some kind of accident. Here are a few pieces of advice to keep you and your family safe on a warm-weather road trip.

Stay Up on Maintenance

It’s always a good idea to get your vehicle serviced before you head out on the road. You don’t want to run out of battery or have dangerous tires sneak up on you while you’re out there on the highway. Always make sure to get an oil change before you head out, too, to make sure your car is running at its peak. Top off the liquids, as well, because cars in the heat need antifreeze more than anything. It’s also a good idea to check for recalls, in case any of your equipment isn’t safe to drive with.

Do A Safety Check

Have a multi-faceted checklist ready to make sure you’re in good shape for a long trip. This will help you see anything that needs maintenance or replacing before a problem rears its ugly head at the worst part. Your checklist might include:

  • Checking tires for wear and proper air pressure
  • Make sure you have a spare tire
  • Make sure all of your lights are in working order
  • Coolant – make sure you have enough and no leaks
  • All other fluids – make sure you’re full up and have extra if you need it
  • Wiper blades – ensure they’re in good shape
  • AC – should be fully charged and working
  • Hoses and belts

Be Prepared

Just as you need a checklist to make sure your car is stocked up and running, you’ll want to make sure you have everything for yourself in case of an emergency. This can include anything from a first aid kid to extra cell phone chargers and batteries, as well as a jack for your car, and other helpful items like duct tape, extra food, and water, emergency blankets, and maps.

Make the Road a Safe Space (and a Shared One)

First and foremost, always buckle up. Make sure everyone does, and if they’re under 13, make sure they ride in the back seat. If you have small children, be sure booster seats and car seats are installed properly and are the right size and type for your children.

When driving, always be aware of your surroundings. Keep an eye out for other vehicles, especially those that might more easily be in your blind spot, like motorcycles or other small vehicles. When on local streets, be aware of pedestrians and bicyclists. Safety starts with full awareness.

Summary

Road trips are a getaway, but until you’re at the swimming pool, don’t drop your guard. Enjoy the passing scenery safely and attentively, to ensure that everyone arrives at your destination ready to enjoy themselves.

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