Posted by National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
It’s that time of year—time to hit the roads with friends and family and head out for that long-awaited summer vacation. Before you hop in the car for the long trek, take the time to review our summer travel safety tips. With a little prevention and planning up front, you’ll stay safer and likely save yourself the cost of an unexpected repair.
Before You Leave
If your car is due for a tune-up, oil change, battery check, or tire rotation, now is the time. Don’t wait until it’s too late—you could find yourself stuck on the side of the road. Also, make sure to check for vehicle recalls. We recommend you do this at least twice a year – in the spring and the fall when daylight saving time begins and ends. If you haven’t yet, check for recalls at www.nhtsa.gov/recalls.
Safe Driving Habits
It can be tempting to roll the windows down, blast the music, and just cruise. Just make sure you’re following these driving safety tips:
Buckle up—every trip, every time. All passengers must agree to wear their seat belts every time they are riding in your vehicle. Set the example by always wearing your seat belt. Make sure car seats and booster seats are properly installed and that any children riding with you are in the correct car seat, booster seat, or seat belt that is appropriate for their size. To learn more about car seat safety or to find a free car seat inspection site near you, visit: www.nhtsa.gov/cps/cpsfitting/index.cfm.
Keep kids safe: All children under the age of 13 should ride in the back seat. To prevent a heatstroke tragedy, never leave your child unattended in or around your vehicle. Lock your vehicle when exiting so children cannot get trapped inside.
As the driver, you’re responsible for the safety of your passengers. Follow these tips for the safe driving:
Stay alert: Plan stops along the way for a stretch or to refresh and wake up. It’s dangerous to drive drowsy.
Share the road: Keep an eye out for motorcyclists, bicyclists, and pedestrians. They’re more likely to be out during warm weather.
Stop the texts: Never text or talk on a cell phone. Designate a passenger to respond to texts or calls, and to help you navigate the road.
Slow down: Obey all posted speed limits and drive slower if necessary based on weather or traffic conditions.
Remember: Drunk Driving Kills
Drunk driving-related accidents make up nearly one-third of vehicle deaths in the United States. It is never safe to drink and drive. Alcohol and drugs can impair perception, judgment, motor skills, and memory – the skills critical for safe and responsible driving. Deaths caused by impaired driving are preventable, and too many lives are tragically cut short in traffic crashes involving drunk and drugged driving. Nothing could ruin your vacation, or your life, like drinking and driving.
For more information on summer driving safety tips, visit https://www.nhtsa.gov/summer-driving-tips-2017.