5 Summer Driving Tips
Many of us spend a lot more time on the road in the summertime than in other months. With many of us confined to less traveling options than we’re used to, good old-fashioned summer road trips will still allow you to get out to different places and make the most of summer. With longer and more frequent car rides and hot temperatures comes an even greater possibility of certain driving disasters. Do your best to keep safe and prepared for this year by reading our 5 Summer Driving Tips below:
1: Plan your travel and route: Even beyond just traffic, routes are always changing. Planning the best route using your phone’s ever-updating GPS will allow you to get to your destination quicker and be mentally prepared for the trip ahead. Tip: Share your ETA through your smartphone with anyone you’re meeting so you are not tempted to text or dial while driving.
2: Have an emergency kit: You never plan on needing an emergency kit. People are often more on top of packing an emergency kit during the winter months, but it is just important to have the necessities during the summer. Your list should include items such as:
- Cell phone and charger
- First aid kit
- Flares and a white flag
- Jumper cables
- Tire pressure gauge
- Jack (and ground mat) for changing a tire
- Work gloves and a change of clothes
- Basic repair tools and some duct tape (for temporarily repairing a hose leak)
- Water and paper towels for cleaning up
- Nonperishable food, drinking water, and medicines
- Extra windshield washer fluid
- Emergency blankets, towels, and coats
3: Plan for extra heavy traffic: Unfortunately, if you’re planning a getaway, chances are other people are too! It is always best to err on the side of caution and give yourself more time than you may initially think to get to your destination. Always drive with caution, not above the speed limit, as reckless driving tends to increase during the summer months.
4: Keep your eye on your tire pressure: Hot weather can affect your tire pressure quickly. The warm air can cause the air in your tires to expand, and if the integrity of your tires is compromised, they can be more prone to bursting. This is why you should note any changes in your car’s tire pressure.
5: Avoid all risky behavior: Whether you’re driving yourself or a carload of passengers, it’s your responsibility to stay aware and focused while you’re behind the wheel. From feeling tired on a late-night drive home to the urge to send an “On my Way!” text, it is not worth taking your eyes off the road. Stay safe and be a great example to others that may be observing your driving habits.
Enjoy wherever this summer takes you, and get there safely! We hope you keep these tips in mind for your summertime commutes. If you have any concerns about the well-being of your vehicle, don’t hesitate to reach out to the experts at Warrenton Auto. Our professional technicians always do their best to accommodate your schedule and get you in as quickly as possible!