Summer Driving Safety Tips

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roadThere so much to do during the warm summer months! Before you travel, take a look at these great tips that can help you stay safe while traveling.

Inspect your Vehicle

  • Get regular maintenance on your vehicle such as tune-ups, oil changes, battery checks and tire rotations.
  • Tires: check your tire pressure at least once a month--including your spare. Check for irregular or excessive treat wear.
  • Belts/Hoses: check for blistered, cracked, but or damaged belts and hoses and check all connections.
  • Wiper Blades: check for wear and tear.
  • Fluid Levels: check oil, brake, transmission, power steering, coolant and windshield washer fluid.
  • Lights: check headlights, brake lights, turn signals, emergency flashers and interior lights.

Drive Safely

  • Never drive distracted. Remember using a handheld mobile device while driving is illegal except in emergency situations.
  • Never drive impaired and report drunk or dangerous drivers.
  • Don't drive fatigued (make sure to take frequent breaks).

Pack an Emergency Roadside Kit

Potential items include:

  • cell phone
  • maps
  • first aid kit
  • nonperishable food/water/medicine
  • work gloves
  • flashlight
  • flares
  • jumper cables
  • car jack
  • repair tools

Buckle Up! Every Trip. Every Time.

  •  Make sure to properly install all child safety seats and never leave children alone in a vehicle.

Share the Road Responsibly

  • Warmer weather attracts different types of roadway users, including motorcyclists, bicyclists and pedestrians.
  • Drive safely through any road construction--use caution and be alert.
  • Check road conditions before driving by dialing 511.