Thursday, 27 June 2013

5 Top Tips For Summer Driving

5 Tips for Safer Summer Driving

The summer is officially here, which means that more people will be dusting off their cars as they prep for summer vacations, cross-country road trip adventures and other summer beach trips and activities. To help things run a little more smoothly, the following are some quick tips.

Vehicle Heat

Vehicles heat up quickly during the warmer weather months. Of special concern here are small children and pets. Never leave a child in a car unattended. Even with the windows rolled down, outdoor temperatures can still cause a car to heat up into the 80-90 degree mark. If you have a pet, consider leaving it at home while you make your trip, or hire someone to pet sit if you are going away for a longer period of time.

Vehicle Fluids

During the summer, vehicles may have a tendency to overheat. This is why it is important to make sure that all of your vehicle’s fluids are topped off. From oil to your washer fluid, transmission fluid, etc. - you’ll want to bring your vehicle in to a mechanic to make sure that everything is as it should be. Especially if you’re prepping for a big road trip out of town, bring your vehicle into a professional. The last thing you need is to have your car breaking down in the middle of nowhere!

Vehicle Tires

Regularly check your tires for signs of wear and tear. You don’t want to have issues with your tires on while on the roadway. For instance, under-inflated tires may contribute to blowouts, which could be dangerous if you are driving at a high speed in heavy traffic. Improperly inflated tires can also cause a string of other issues, ranging from difficulties stopping your vehicle to difficulty navigating roadways when it rains (hydroplaning).

Vehicle Emergency Kits

Every car should have a pre-packed emergency kit in it. This is something that you’ll need to do for yourself. In your kit should be the following items: bandaids/bandages, gauze, a flashlight, flares, extra batteries, a paper map, non-perishable snacks, water, one extra set of clothes and anything extra that you can think of. You’ll also want to make sure that you check to ensure that a) you have a spare tire and b) that it is working properly!

Vehicle Blind Spots

Every vehicle has a blind spot. During the summer, there are more people and children who are out and about because of school and vacation. Therefore, don’t just rely on your side and rearview mirrors. Always make it a point to turn around and look over your shoulder when backing up. Put down the cell phone and be totally aware of your surroundings. This awareness will help you react more quickly should a stray pet, child or adult suddenly find themselves in your path.

About the Author:

Janelle is writing on behalf of Ruff-Tuff. Headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah, Ruff-Tuff Products, LLC ( has been manufacturing "America's Finest Custom Seat Covers" for over 30 years, and it is one of the leading manufacturers of vehicle seat covers in the United States.

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