‘Tis the season of sunshine, tan lines and unfortunately, a true bummer in the summer – car accidents.
Did you know that the risk of being involved in a car accident heightens during the summertime months?
It does. In fact, July and August are 2 of the top deadliest months in the year for car accidents according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Here’s what you can do to avoid an accident this summer:
- Plan Ahead.
Expect traffic. Give yourself ample time to travel to the desired destination with traffic in mind.
- Take a Break.
Allocate time to rest during your travels. Many drivers are tempted to drive non-stop to get to their destination in the least amount of time. If you plan on driving a distance, take breaks or change drivers because no one likes a sleepy driver.
- Vehicles Need Personal Space Too.
No matter the weather conditions, you should be giving ample space to the car, bicycle, motorcycle or pedestrian in front of you. If you have to stop suddenly, you shouldn’t be close to hitting them.
- Don’t Drink and Drive.
Obviously. There’s no benefit from putting yourself or others at risk after a night of drinking. Establish a designated driver or call an Uber, just don’t get behind the wheel because inevitability, you drink, you drive, you lose.
- Prep for Road Trips.
Humidity can be a real pain, even for your vehicle. As a matter of fact, heat and humidity wreak havoc on your car which can result in car vulnerabilities. Before hitting the road, check fluid levels, tire pressure and engine coolant to avoid unanticipated breakdowns that inevitability, put you at risk.
- Drive, First.
Focus on the road. With summertime distractions at a high peak, it is important to remember your driving responsibilities and pay attention. Inattentive drivers jeopardize their own safety and the safety of others. Eliminate the distractions which means yes, put the phone down.
Remember, accidents happen. If you are involved in a collision this season, contact Harris. We will be more than happy to eliminate your summertime sadness and get you back on the road in no time.