Stay Safe on the Road: Summer Driving Tips Everyone Should Know

As the temperatures rise and the days get longer, many of us are eager to hit the road and embark on summer adventures. In 2023 alone, around 80% of adults in America planned to take a road trip during the summer. Whether you’re planning a long road trip, commuting to work, or simply running errands, it’s essential to prioritize safety behind the wheel. At Turnbull, Holcomb, & LeMoine, we understand the devastating consequences of car accidents and want to ensure our clients – both current and potential – stay safe on the road this summer.


  1. Regular Vehicle Maintenance: Before heading out on any journey, it’s crucial to ensure your vehicle is in optimal condition. Schedule a comprehensive inspection, including checks on the brakes, tires, fluid levels, and lights. This should be done every six months to help prevent breakdowns or accidents on the road.


  1. Check Tire Pressure: High temperatures can cause tire blowouts, especially if the tire pressure is not properly maintained. Make sure to check your tire pressure regularly, including the spare, and ensure they are inflated to the manufacturer’s recommended levels.


  1. Stay Hydrated and Rested: Long drives under the summer sun can be exhausting, leading to fatigue and decreased alertness. Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water and take regular breaks to rest, stretch your legs, and grab a snack. Avoid driving when you’re tired, as drowsy driving can be just as dangerous as driving under the influence.


  1. Buckle Up: Seat belts save lives, yet many people still neglect to buckle up. In 2021, around 50% of individuals killed in a car crash were not wearing a seatbelt. Make it a habit to wear your seatbelt every time you’re in a vehicle, regardless of how short the trip may be. Ensure all passengers, including children, are properly restrained in age-appropriate car seats or seat belts.


  1. Avoid Distractions: Distracted driving is a leading cause of accidents on the road. Keep your focus on driving by stowing away your phone, adjusting GPS or music settings before you start driving, and refraining from eating or engaging in other activities that take your attention away from the road.


  1. Watch for Pedestrians and Bicyclists: With warmer weather, there tends to be more foot and bicycle traffic on the roads. Stay vigilant and watch for pedestrians and cyclists, especially in busy urban areas, residential neighborhoods, and around parks or recreational areas.


  1. Be Mindful of Aggressive Drivers: Summer can bring out the worst in some drivers, leading to aggressive behavior on the road. Stay calm and avoid engaging with aggressive drivers. Instead, maintain a safe distance, signal your intentions clearly, and avoid escalating confrontations.


  1. Plan Ahead for Traffic and Construction: Summer often means increased traffic, especially on popular travel routes and near tourist destinations. Check for traffic updates and plan your route accordingly to avoid congestion. Be patient and follow posted speed limits, especially in construction zones.


  1. Watch for Wildlife: Wildlife activity tends to increase during the summer months, particularly in rural areas. Keep an eye out for deer, elk, or other animals that may dart onto the road unexpectedly. Be especially cautious during dawn and dusk when animals are most active.


  1. Drive Defensively: Finally, always drive defensively by anticipating potential hazards and staying prepared to react quickly. Pay attention to your surroundings, use your mirrors effectively, and be prepared to yield or stop as needed.


At Turnbull, Holcomb, & LeMoine, we’re committed to helping our clients stay safe on the road and advocating for their rights in the unfortunate event of a car accident. If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident due to someone else’s negligence, our experienced team is here to help. Contact us today or visit our offices in Atlanta, GA, Houston, TX, or Birmingham, AL. 


Remember, staying safe on the road is everyone’s responsibility. By following these summer driving tips, you can help reduce the risk of accidents and ensure a safer journey for yourself and others. Safe travels!