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NHTSA's Summer Driving Tips, an interactive road map to safety

NHTSA's Summer Driving Tips, an interactive road map to safety

By the time this weekend is over and we meet again here in the Fast Lane on Monday, we'll have entered the summer months in earnest. That means it's time to think about summer driving, a season of weekend getaways and weeklong family road trips.

While we at DOT are working hard throughout the year to make sure Americans have safe roadways and safe vehicles to get where they're going, there's a lot you can do to make your summer driving a safe and smooth experience--for you and your passengers. And with you and your loved ones in mind, the folks at our National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) have prepared a handy set of Summer Driving Tips to help you stack the safety deck in your favor.

Photo of family in a van

Prevention and planning are much easier than dealing with the frustrations of a breakdown, or worse yet, the serious consequences of a crash. NHTSA's interactive summer driving website will help you prepare for a safe trip. It's also a great way to get younger members of your household engaged in safety.

If you're familiar with NHTSA the basic tips below won't be a surprise, but they're a great way to get started on the road to safety:

  • Buckle Up. Every Trip. Every Time. – Everybody aboard must agree to wear their seatbelts every time they are riding or driving in your vehicle. Wearing a seatbelt is the best defense against a crash.
  • Don't Drive After Drinking – Every 51 minutes, someone in the United States dies in an alcohol-impaired-driving crash. Be responsible – don’t drink and drive. If you plan to drink, choose a sober designated driver before going out.
  • Check your Tire’s Air Pressure, Tread Wear, and Spare – NHTSA recently launched TireWise, a campaign to provide essential information about choosing and caring for tires. Proper tire maintenance is especially important if traveling with a group by 15-passenger van.
  • Keep Children Safe In and Around Your Vehicle – Make sure car seats and booster seats are properly installed and that any children riding with you are in the car seat or booster seat best suited to protect them. There are other dangers to children in and around cars that you should know. One of those dangers is hyperthermia, or heat stroke, from being left unattended in a hot vehicle.

Screen capture of the Summer Driving Tips web page

That's just a sampling of the potentially lifesaving guidance you'll find at NHTSA's interactive Summer Driving Tips web page. And wherever you're heading this season, we urge you to start your summer driving with a visit to www.safercar.gov/summerdrivingtips.

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