Whether going on vacation, visiting friends and family, or just cruising around with the windows down, summertime is a season for travel. A lot of people are on the road during the summer months and, while it’s an exciting time, it can also be dangerous. No matter if you’re the driver or just along for the ride, we want you to remain alert.
Summer Driving Safety Tips
As a family owned and operated company, North Town Home Services knows the importance of keeping your loved ones safe. While serving the Chicagoland area for more than 87 years, we have come to care for our fellow community members very deeply. Because we strive to treat everyone like family, we’ve compiled this list of summer driving safety tips.
Get Ready, Get Set…
Just like the heating and cooling services and appliances that we offer, you need to schedule regular maintenance for your car. If you haven’t serviced your car lately or you’re preparing for a big road trip, you should:
- Change your oil
- Check your battery
- Rotate your tires
- Get your car inspected
- Check the air in your tires
The hot, summer air can cause your tires to expand and, if they’re already in bad shape, this could be a recipe for disaster. More specifically, this could cause a tire blowout. Also, the chances of your engine overheating only increase under the hot sun, so you should make sure everything is in good shape before hitting the open road.
Share the Road
With more sunshine and warm weather comes more people out and about. That means drivers have to be on the lookout for bicyclists, motorcyclists, and pedestrians more frequently. Also, the summer is a popular time for road construction and more teenage drivers. In order to keep everyone safe, remember these tips:
- Drive slower in construction zones
- Stop for pedestrians and don’t assume they can see you
- Look out for slower drivers who might not be familiar with the area
- Pay attention in traffic jams or heavily congested areas
- Leave more distance between you and motorcyclists or bicyclists
- Give yourself extra travel time to avoid feeling rushed
More teenage drivers are also on the road during the summer and they are not just inexperienced, they are also often distracted. Because of that, you should make sure you are paying extra attention and not looking down at the radio or your cellphone.
Every time you get in the car, whether you’re the driver or a passenger, you should wear a seatbelt. If you have children in the car, they should also be in car seats that correlate with their height and weight. Some ways you can stay safe while in the car include:
- Wear sunglasses to keep the glare out of your eyes
- Keep water and snacks nearby to stay hydrated
- Never leave a child unattended in or around the car
- Keep keys out of reach from children
- Pack an emergency kit with items like:
- Extra phone chargers
- First aid kit
- Switch drivers or pull over if you start to feel sleepy
- Don’t block windows or mirrors with luggage
Leaving your child in a hot car is not only extremely dangerous – it can also be life threatening. With a body temperature that can rise up to five times faster than an adult, children left in hot cars run the risk of heat stroke.
Enjoy Your Summer Vacation in Chicago
At North Town Home Services, we care about our customers and our community. By following these tips and guidelines, you can be a safer and smarter driver this summer. Just like much of this advice is preventative, we would also encourage you to schedule regular maintenance services for your HVAC system and home appliances. Although our mission is to keep your home comfortable and safe for you and your family, we also care about your safety while not at home.
For more information on how to keep your home and family safe this summer, contact North Town Home Services today!