With the snow and ice finally gone, at last we’re free from many of the worries about winter driving conditions. It’s time to cruise the dry roads with the windows open and our favourite song on the radio. However, even on those warm sunny days, you still can’t throw all caution to the wind. It is important to be careful behind the wheel all year round. Here are a few tips to keep in mind so that you and your family can stay safe on the road this summer.
Pack with Care.
While many summer activities require large amounts of equipment and supplies, don’t let these items block your view of the road. When packing the car make sure that you can see out of all windows and your rear-view mirror to ensure full visibility.
If you are carrying items outside of your car, make sure they are safely secured by using rope, bungee cords or a roof rack/cargo carrier. Also, remember that if you are carrying a large load, slow down. It takes longer for a heavier vehicle to slow down or stop. A speeding vehicle loaded down with of equipment may not handle the way you are used to.
Don’t Drink and Drive.
It’s simple, if you drink don’t drive. While summer is a time for enjoying BBQ’s, picnics and patios, you should never get behind the wheel if you have been drinking. Plan ahead. Arrange to have a designated driver or take a cab to your destination. Stay over if you have to. Remember, drinking and driving is never an option.
After being inside during the long winter months, cyclists, motorcyclists and children are all eager to take advantage of the warmer weather. With an increase in traffic and possible obstacles, drivers must take extra care to be aware of their surroundings at all times. Make sure rear-view, and side-view mirrors are adjusted to their appropriate positions and keep your windows clean and clear of any obstructions.
Be sure to slow down in areas near parks and playgrounds and all the places children play, and always look behind you before opening the door of your car to make sure that there isn’t a cyclist coming along.
Warm weather may mean better driving surfaces, however regardless of the improved conditions, drivers should not think that it is suddenly safe to speed, tailgate or weave in and out of traffic. These types of risky behaviors result in serious collisions, tickets and increased insurance premiums – any time of year. Instead of taking risks, take your time and arrive at your destination by driving safely.
Make sure that everyone in the car is wearing their seat belts at all times. If you’re traveling with a baby or child, make sure they are seated in a properly installed car seat or booster seat for their age and size. Proper use of seatbelts and car/booster seats are the most effective way to reduce vehicle-related injuries and fatalities.
Be Prepared for an Emergency.
To ensure the safety of you and your family during road trips this summer, make sure you have the proper emergency equipment, such as a cell phone, an emergency car kit and roadside assistance.
With CAA’s 24-hour roadside assistance you will have peace of mind knowing that no matter where you are traveling in North America this summer, help is only a phone call away. Call *222 (mobile or CAA App) or 1-800-222-4357.