The summer is here and we know that you all want to get out of town. Even though roads may seem safer in the summer because there is no snow and ice to worry you, summer roads can be dangerous too. Here are a few summer safety tips for the road:
Always Buckle Up
Although this may seem like a given, some people still fail to buckle up. Using a seatbelt can save your life, even if you are driving slowly. Remember to have your children and pets safely fastened too. Children under 4’9 and less than 70lbs should be in a booster seat and you can purchase a pet cargo or safety belt for all sizes of pets.
Don’t Drive Impaired
We all know not to drink and drive but in the summer, when you’re more dehydrated, alcohol can affect you more than in the winter. Your blood alcohol concentration cannot exceed .08 without being a criminal offence and each person’s concentration can vary based on their age, weight and tolerance so it’s best to always have a designated driver who hasn’t drank any alcohol. Driving laws for cannabis have also come into place with a zero tolerance policy so make sure to never drive when high.
Avoid Distracted Driving
Driving while distracted can be as dangerous as driving impaired. You can receive a ticket of up to $300 if you are caught distracted driving; this includes talking on the phone without a hands-free system, texting or emailing, using a GPS or other electronic system, reading a book, doing personal grooming, or writing. It’s never worthwhile to risk your safety so pull to a safe parking spot if you want to do any of these things.
Mind Your Speed
Watch for speed limit signs whenever you are driving. Roads are created for people to drive the posted speed limit so always follow the signs to ensure your safety and the safety of others. Be extra careful around construction zones and always follow the posted speed signs. Disobeying these could cost a construction worker’s life.
Keep an Emergency Car Kit
Always have an emergency car kit in your trunk that contains bottled water, a phone charger, jumper cables, a first aid kit, tire sealant, and sunscreen.
Take Regular Breaks
When you’re on a road trip make sure to take regular breaks to give yourself time to stretch and rest. Make sure to stop to eat something and use the bathroom. If you’re feeling tired, stop and close your eyes. Driving while tired can be as dangerous as driving impaired.
We hope that you all have safe travels this summer!