Tips to stay safe driving during the summer

May 29, 2023 | Crandall & Pera Law
Tips to stay safe driving during the summer

Many people understandably believe that driving during the winter in Ohio poses more danger than on sunny summer days. However, the truth is that driving in the summer brings its own set of hazards. Adolescent drivers and vacationers populate the roads and may be unfamiliar with the area. Summer driving becomes more dangerous due to construction activities, tire blowouts caused by friction and heat, and more pedestrians. Fortunately, drivers can take steps to prepare themselves.

Drive slower during summer

Cars experience a higher load as the weather gets hotter. Driving at high speeds in the summer accelerates the wear and tear of mechanical parts and tires. To prevent breakdowns, it is important to drive at slower speeds and prepare the vehicle for summer. This involves checking coolant levels, ensuring the proper functioning of the radiator cap and inspecting hoses and belts for any signs of cracks or damage.

Avoid driving while intoxicated

Summer is the time for many holidays that involve drinking, including the 4th of July and Memorial Day. Traditionally, there is a higher number of car accidents during these celebratory times, and many of them are connected to driving while under the influence. If a person decides to go out and drink during the summer, it's best to have a designated driver or to find another way home.

Check tire inflation

Maintaining proper tire inflation not only enhances gas mileage but also aids in preventing car accidents. To avoid dangerous blowouts, consult the manufacturer's recommendations in your car manual to determine correct tire pressure. Additionally, it is advisable to regularly inspect your tires for any signs of wear and tear during the summer months. Driving in the summer can be a pleasurable endeavor. Individuals can greatly enhance their chances of having exclusively positive experiences on the road during this season by taking a few precautions.