Schools out, the thermometer is spiking and the time feels right for a summer road trip.

Unfortunately many people have the exact same idea, which means roads can be jam packed – especially with motorists unfamiliar with their surroundings.

So it’s not a surprise that the months between Memorial Day and Labor Day are the deadliest days of the year on the nation’s roads. Read More

For this reason, the California Office of Traffic Safety recommends that drivers be extra vigilant during the summer months and adhere to the following safety tips:

  • Prepare your vehicle: check the tires, inspect the engine battery, hoses, belts and fluids for wear and proper levels.
  • Plan your trip in advance. Check for road conditions, detours, etc.
  • Do a “once over” – test all the lights, wipers and clean the windows (inside and out)
  • Consider a quick inspection by a qualified technician.  A few dollars up front can mean peace of mind and safe arrivals, as well as no costly on-the-road repairs and trip interruptions.
  • Prepare an Emergency Roadside Kit, including jumper cables, a flashlight and plenty of bottled water. For a complete list, visit Roadside Emergency Kit.
  • Buckle up – that means drivers and passengers!
  • Focus on the road – do not talk on phone or text while driving
  • Share the driving with other passengers to avoid fatigue
  • Schedule the trip to include frequent stops – and rest – driving while drowsy can be fatal

For more tips on summer driving safety, visit Summer Driving Tips

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