Summer Safety Series Part III: Travel Safety Tips
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has released its summer travel safety campaign to help better protect families from roadway dangers in these upcoming warm weather months. The campaign consists of some important safety tips that are for drivers and passengers alike. We have compiled some of the NHTSA’s safety recommendations, which you can check out below.
Summer Travel Safety Tips
-Don’t ever drink and drive;
-Remember to share the road with pedestrians, motorcyclists and bicyclists;
-Stay alert when operating a vehicle;
-Check for vehicle recalls;
-Do an overall safety check on your car before going on a longer drive;
-Make sure everyone in the vehicle is wearing a seatbelt;
-Keep an emergency roadside kit in your car;
-Keep an eye out for other vehicles or police officers on the side of the road and give them the proper amount of clearance; and,
-Do not become distracted while driving: this includes phone calls, texting, drinking and eating.
There are important reasons behind all of the NHTSA’s safety tips for summertime travel. As the weather heats up, the roads become more crowded with people walking, biking or out riding on their motorcycles. Busier roadways can mean more people getting into accidents, causing serious injuries as well as fatalities.
As we have written about in previous months, distracted driving accounts for far too many car accidents – about 10-15% of all that occur. The NHTSA has a website that specifically targets distracted driving. You can read more about that here: https://www.trafficsafetymarketing.gov/get-materials/distracted-driving?_ga=2.73243862.4372164.1497893638-761300115.1495558254. Even if you aren’t distracted while you drive, it is still important to make sure that you properly share the road. The administration recommends that each vehicle travel with 3 to 4 seconds worth of distance between them.
Driving under the influence, similarly to distracted driving, is not only dangerous but is also illegal. Even though many campaigns as well as law enforcement agencies work to inhibit driving under the influence, the NHTSA estimates that every 51 minutes a person dies because they or someone else was driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Product issues can result in extremely dangerous defects. This is why the administration urges everyone to use their website to see if the vehicle they lease or own has issued any type of recall within the last 15 years. Being up-to-date on any product issues and getting the necessary repairs before driving, especially on longer trips, helps to keep drivers and passengers safer.
Lastly, before going on a trip, a more detailed safety check should be performed on the vehicle. This includes making sure that tires are properly full of air, that all lights are functional, that your car has washer fluid, and to avoid heat stroke that the air conditioning works.
To read the NHTSA’s full safety advisory for summer travel, you can click here: https://www.nhtsa.gov/press-releases/consumer-advisory-simple-tips-hitting-road-summer.
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