Higher temps signify longer days, more time off from work and school and maybe even more time on the road. If you plan to take advantage of longer daylight hours by driving to summer activities or taking a road trip, then you should take preventive actions before going behind the wheel.

These are some safe driving tips to keep in mind this summer:

  1. Don’t overload vehicle: These days it’s not tough to find a car or SUV with plenty of cargo space. But when you pack up for a road trip, lake outing or change homes this summer, you shouldn’t pack too much into or on top of your vehicle. Excess weight in your car can negatively affect basic car functions like your accelerator, brakes and steering.
  2. Keep up on maintenance: Oftentimes, life gets in the way and we put off keeping up with regular maintenance on our vehicles. It’s especially important to check your car’s fluid levels and tire air pressure when seasons change as temperature can cause fluctuation.
  3. Monitor young drivers: When summer break kicks around, plenty of teens and other young drivers may want to fill their days with driving places to pass time. Whether that is short trips to the local drive-thru or long trips to visit out-of-town friends, it’s important to check in with your child’s driving habits. This can include encouraging your child to not commit to driving too many friends at once, keep their phone tucked away and be home before dark.
  4. Be mindful of others: Warmer weather often brings more motorcycle riders, bikers and pedestrians on the roads or crosswalks. You should always be on the lookout for the commuters you share the road with, but summer can serve as a reminder to slow down or stop for those who are less protected on the road.

When you make summer memories, the last thing you want to think about is the potential interruption of a car accident. But if you or a loved one has fallen victim to a car wreck, a personal injury attorney can help you get the compensation you deserve.