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Summer Driving 2015: Keeping It Safe

Credit:  U.S. Navy [Public Domain]

Credit: U.S. Navy [Public Domain]

In the winter we struggled with poor visibility and icy road conditions, and now that summer is here it’s actually fun to get in the car and go places. But before you rush out the door, Stillman and Friedland want to share a few pointers for a safer summer.

1. It’s time for a maintenance check. Your car has taken a beating in the harsh winter weather, so especially before you take any extended road trips, do a regular check and take care of the routine maintenance. You particularly want to check tires and brakes. Make sure your tires are correctly inflated and that the treads are not overly worn. Tire treads are easily checked: Take a penny and insert it into the tire tread groove with Lincoln’s head upside down. If your tread depth is less than 2/32 inch you will see all of Lincoln’s head, and it’s time for new tires. For correct tire pressure, check the recommended amount for your tires when you next fill up—remember underinflated tires use up more gas mileage. In addition, improper tire pressure reduces your ability to control your vehicle in emergency situations, sudden turns, stops, accelerations.

2. If you are loading up the kids, remember that distracted driving is dangerous driving. Buckle them up securely, and bring along games or toys that will keep them quiet and busy. Emphasize to them that their good behavior is part of road safety.

3. Stay off the cell phone. Even if you use the speaker function, research shows that this also constitutes a dangerous distraction.

4. If you have teens, lay down the rules for driving. Studies show that the more kids there are in the car, the greater the distraction for the driver and the greater likelihood of an accident. One passenger is safer than two or more. If your kid is getting a ride, stress that if the driver drinks, they need another ride home, even if it’s you. Better safe than sorry.

5. You may think that as an experienced driver you can handle a few drinks and still drive safely, but that’s a big risk you shouldn’t take. Having a designated driver solves this issue. Here’s a video from the NHTSA, reminding everyone that buzzed driving is drunk driving:

Stillman and Friedland wishes you a safe and happy summer!

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