Tips For Safe Driving In The Summer

You may not know this, but driving during the hot summer days exposes you to car accident risks that you may not face during the cooler seasons. Here are a few tips to keep these tips down and ensure you don't harm yourself or other road users, especially if you are going for a long drive:

Service Your Car

The first tip is to service your car and confirm that it is ready for long driving in the sun. Of particular concern are the systems that help your car stay cool and run optimally even when the temperature rises. For example, you need to confirm that the radiator is intact and the engine oil is adequate and clean. You don't want your car to overheat and break down because you didn't check its cooling system before setting off.

Have the Tires at the Correct Temperature

It's also important to ensure you have the right tires and inflate them to the correct air pressure. Overinflating your tires is dangerous at all times, but it's particularly risky during the hot season. When the temperature rises, it expands the heated air inside the tires, which makes your tires behave as if they are overinflated. Overinflated tires don't have enough traction as correctly inflated tires; the overinflation also increases the risk of tire damage, for example, upon hitting a pothole. Winter tires also don't have the same handling ability during the summer as they have during the winter, increasing the risk of accidents.

Be Aware Of Increased Road Users

Many people spend more time outdoors during the summer than they do during the winter. People go on road trips, enjoy bicycle rides, take their motorcycles out or generally go for long walks. This means you will be sharing the road with many other people, increasing the risk of accidents. For example, a child pedestrian can unexpectedly jump in front of your car or a bicycle user can change lanes without notice; both scenarios increase your risk of crashing.

Know How to Avoid Glare

While road glare is generally associated with night driving, you can also experience glare – directly from the sun or reflected off other cars – while driving during the day. Serious glare increases your risk of crashing, for example, by interfering with visibility. Tips for reducing sun glare include using sunglasses, cleaning the windshield, and allowing a reasonable gap between your car and other cars.

If you do get involved in an accident, don't automatically assume that it is the summer's heat that has caused the accident. Instead, consult an accident lawyer, such as Loughlin Fitzgerald P C, to help you assess whether there is anyone liable for your damages.