Summer is in full swing and whether you and your family are enjoying a stay-cation in Dallas, or traveling, you’ll likely be spending a good amount of your time driving in a motor vehicle.
Summer vacation means crowded roads, highways, and sometimes overly-packed cars. To keep yourself and your passengers safe and to avoid car accidents in the DFW Metroplex and beyond, practice these driving tips.
1. Plan Ahead
Whether you’re headed out for a long vacation or a short drive to Galveston, always be sure you plan ahead. Check for hazardous road conditions, including possible construction zones or high-traffic areas. Also, check weather reports and make sure you and your car are ready for what may come your way.
2. Always Have Water in Your Vehicle
This is North Texas – not upstate New York. Having water in your car is always a good idea, especially in case of an emergency. Keeping a case, or a few, jugs of water in your vehicle can save your life.
Water is essential, especially in the Texas summer heat.
3. Prepare Your Car
Even if you regularly maintain your vehicle, always undergo general maintenance before heading out for any trip.
Check the engine fluids to make sure they are at their proper levels, make sure lights, blinkers, windshield wipers, and other essentials are in working order. It’s also important that tires, including a spare, are in top shape. When the weather gets warmer, tires can sometimes crack and change air pressure – it’s important to check your tires to make sure they are in good condition.
4. Share the Road
The roads are often more crowded during summer months, though not always with more cars. Be aware of everyone on the road – bicyclists, runners or pedestrians. There are also more motorcyclists on the road when the weather warms up, so always check your blind spots and drive cautiously.
5. Buckle Up
Always buckle up. It is the easiest thing you can do to guard yourself and your passengers against serious injury or death. All passengers should wear a seatbelt at all times. Infants should be secured in a rear-facing car seat, babies and toddlers in a forward-facing car seat, and children in booster seats until they fit the vehicle’s seat belts properly.
6. Avoid Distractions
There are many distractions that affect our ability to drive on a normal basis, but sometimes summer can offer even more interferences. Avoid using your phone while driving, which includes texting or internet or app use. Distracted driving accidents in Dallas are a serious problem we can make the choice to avoid.