Summer is right around the corner! A time for happy experiences and making memories, we all look forward to the summer season. Yet the warm temperatures, bright sunshine and lazy beach days come with certain dangers, particularly on our roadways.
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), car accidents are more common in summer than any other season of the year. For everyone’s safety, keep the following tips in mind this summer.
June Is Lane Courtesy Month
Designated by the National Motorists Association, the goal of Lane Courtesy Month is to improve traffic flow and prevent accidents. In general, slower moving vehicles should travel in the right lane to keep the left lane clear for passing.
When drivers ignore lane courtesy, road congestion increases and accidents can occur due to tailgating, weaving between lanes and fluctuating speeds. More efficient driving practices make the experience more enjoyable for all!
More Vehicles & Pedestrians Out
During summer, there are more vehicles and pedestrians on the roads. School is out, families are on vacation and many people enjoy walking or biking this time of year.
When you’re out driving, remember to keep an eye out for motorcycles, bikes and pedestrians, as well as other distracted motorists.
There are also more young drivers out with less experience. AAA refers to Memorial Day through Labor Day as the “100 Deadliest Days” for teens. During this time, an average of 10 individuals a day lose their lives in crashes involving teenage drivers.
Summer Vehicle Maintenance
As many of us have been driving less often due to the global Coronavirus pandemic, it’s especially imperative to assess your vehicle for maintenance and repair needs.
According to AAA, people drive the most from July through September, so your vehicle should be prepared to make extended trips safely. Be sure to inspect the following aspects:
- Battery – test and replace an old battery
- Brakes – check for signs of wear, listen for unusual noises
- Fluids – flush out the old and top off with new fluids
- Tires – check for proper inflation and even tread
- Wipers – replace cracked or ineffective windshield wipers
While these inspections can be done at home, also bring your vehicle to an auto body shop for a more thorough check of the internal systems, including suspension and alignment.
No matter how safe you are behind the wheel, accidents still happen. Trantolo & Trantolo’s experienced attorneys have helped thousands of victims of negligent or reckless driving behavior. If you believe you have a claim, contact us today.