Date Published: 2013-08-07
Contact: Damon Hodge
Phone: (702) 385-6509
Title: Use These Driving Tips to Help You Stay Safe This Summer
LAS VEGAS - Nevada
summers can bring harsh and constantly-changing weather conditions, from
temperatures topping 100 degrees and blustery, high winds to monsoonal weather
and flash flooding. The Nevada Department of Transportation wants you to stay
safe while driving this summer. To help reach the goal of zero fatalities on
Nevada roads, NDOT encourages motorists to use the following safety precautions
provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):
- Check the condition of your tires; look for wear and tear and cracking and
replace tires, if necessary.
- Monitor air pressure in all tires,
including the spare (refer to the owners' manual for the proper pressure
- Inspect belts and hoses to ensure they are in good shape with no
signs of blisters, cracks, or cuts in the rubber.
- Replace windshield
wipers, which may be worn after winter storms and spring rains.
coolant level; if it's time to have your cooling system flushed and refilled,
then do so.
- Check oil level; as with coolant, if it's time to have the
oil changed, then do so.
- Check headlights, brake lights, turn signals,
emergency flashers and interior lights.
- Check the performance of the air
conditioning unit before traveling.
- Make sure you inflate your tires to
the recommended pressure when towing a trailer.
- Never leave children
alone in the car-not even at the convenience store with the engine running.
- Make sure you walk around your vehicle before you get in it and back out of
a driveway or parking spot.
- Make sure to lock vehicle doors at all times
when not in use.
- Buckle up. Every trip. Every time.
On The Road: The best way to stay focused while driving is
to avoid fatigue. Schedule your trip to allow for frequent breaks. Stop for food
or beverages, pull over at rest stops, stay overnight at a hotel/motel and share
the driving duties.
Share the Road: Warm weather attracts
different types of roadway users, including motorcyclists, bicyclists, and
pedestrians. As such, traffic safety professionals recommend the following
- If you expect to see motorcycles or pedestrians,
especially at intersections, you are more likely to detect them.
- Pedestrians can be hard to see, so stay alert and slow down if you can't see
- Stop for pedestrians who are in a crosswalk, even if it is not
- When you are turning, please wait for traffic and pedestrians to
clear the intersection and then proceed to turn.
- Be especially attentive
around schools and in neighborhoods where children are active.
Distracted Driving: For everyone's safety, avoid
distractions while behind the wheel. Distracted driving can be anything that
pulls your attention away from driving, including using a cell phone, texting
while driving, eating, drinking, talking with passengers and using in-vehicle
technologies and portable electronic devices.
Kit: Even well-maintained vehicles break down, so it's advisable to
bring an emergency roadside kit with you. Suggested contents include but are not
limited to: a cell phone (for emergency use only), first-aid kit, flashlight,
flares, white flag, jumper cables, jack for changing a tire, work gloves, change
of clothes, basic repair tools, duct tape, a jug of water, paper towels,
nonperishable food, drinking water, medicines and maps.