Summer is the perfect time of year to get away and escape everyday life, but before you pack the car and hit the road there are some important safety tips to keep in mind. Avoiding summertime car accidents begins before you leave the drive way and continues throughout your drive, whether it’s to the airport or long-distance to the beach or on a road trip. We’ve compiled a few basic safety tips to keep in mind this summer.
Avoid Car Accident Scenarios
Living in the metro Cobb County and Marietta area, we all know that auto accidents happen. And with an increased amount of vehicles on roads traveling during the summer months, your risk of being involved in a car accident increases. In fact, the most fatal car accidents happen in the summer months between June and September. While wrecks cannot always be prevented, it’s worthwhile to at least do what we can to keep ourselves as safe as possible – especially during longer drives for vacations and road trips. A few ways to do this are:
- Have your car professionally serviced. Before a road trip or longer trip in the car, schedule a routine service and maintenance appointment. The basics like tire pressure, brake fluid and oil levels may seem minor, but they can ruin a trip if not given attention beforehand. If your vehicle needs a tune-up, don’t wait. It’s better to have issues resolved before you leave on a trip than to happen while you’re on the road.
- Stay alert. With long periods of driving come more opportunities for car accidents. It’s important to stay alert and aware while you’re driving to avoid auto accidents, trucking accidents, or motorcycle accidents. If you feel tired, pull over and rest or switch drivers.
- Watch for pedestrians. If you’re traveling to or traveling in an area with many pedestrians it’s important to stay aware at all times. Always practice the saying “pedestrians have the right away”.
For more car accident statistics visit safer America.
Ways to Practice Safety While Not on the Road
Outside of auto accidents, there are a multitude of safety precautions to consider during the summer to protect yourself and those around you:
- Pool safety: Pool safety can range from simple checklists to more difficult tasks. Never leave children unattended near pools, enforce a strict rule of no running near pools, and ensure adequate lighting if swimming at night. In addition, ensuring your pool receives regular maintenance is important to summertime safety.
- Firework safety: Fireworks and sparklers are such a fun experience for not only kids but adults, but they are also some of the most dangerous parts of the summer months. Please take precautions such as never pointing fireworks or sparklers towards another person, lighting fireworks one at a time and stepping far away, and not placing your body near the fireworks unnecessarily.
- Be prepared for the outdoors. If you’re planning to be outdoors this summer, chances are the sun will be shining and it will be warm. Make sure you’re wearing sunscreen and keeping yourself hydrated.
We hope this summer brings more normalcy for you and your family this year. With a vaccine more widely available more traveling freedoms have opened again, and with them, the possibilities of vacations. We hope you have an enjoyable and safe summer!