Summer is officially here and, unfortunately, this season comes with a unique set of hazards for people around the country. From road trips to water safety, here are some of the tips to help keep you and your family safe this season.
Making a Travel Plan
Whether you’re traveling across the country or just the next state over, have a thorough travel plan in place.
This should include familiarizing yourself with your destination’s driving laws, planned stops along the route, and what to do in case of an emergency.
Routine maintenance is key to ensuring the longevity of your vehicle – especially during road trip season. Use these tips before hitting the road:
- Check under the hood for engine damage, battery corrosion, and fluid levels.
- Have your brakes replaced if you experience grinding, strange noises, or have slower stopping.
- Get your tires rotated or replaced if they show signs of significant wear and tear.
- Create an emergency kit to keep on hand. Include items like a first aid kit, tools, food and water, and more.
Take a Rest Break
Driver fatigue is often more common in the summer.
Avoid behaviors behind the wheel that may become distracting.
Don’t Drink and Drive
As with any other time of year, you should never get behind the wheel when under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
- Lifejackets should be worn at all times when boating.
- A well-fitting life jacket should comfortably zip or buckle across your torso.
- Always swim with a buddy.
- Children should be under supervision when in water.
- Enroll children in swimming lessons from a young age.
- Drowning is often silent, so know what to look for.
- Avoid consuming alcohol before and while swimming.
- Swimsuits that contrast in color to the bottom of the swimming area are recommended.
Safe Biking and Walking
According to FARS data, about one-third of fatal bicycle crashes occur during the summer months. July has the highest number of fatal bike crashes compared to any other month of the year.
- Obey traffic signs and signals.
- Avoid distractions when crossing the street.
- Walk sober.
- Ride in a bike lane if available.
- Wear a helmet and bright or reflective clothing.
- Use hand signals.