Due to longer daylight hours and a generally more relaxed feeling, two-thirds of drivers believe summer is the safest driving season, according to AAA research. However, it's actually the exact opposite with the time period ranging from Memorial Day to Labor Day being the 100 Deadliest Days on the Road.
In 2012 alone, there were nearly 10,000 fatalities between Memorial Day and Labor Day due to car crashes, according to the National Safety Council.
Now is the time to remind your commercial drivers to be extra vigilant while driving in the summer. Experts offer the following advice for safe summer driving.
Before Hitting the Road
Check tires: Make sure your tires are properly inflated and have adequate tread to avoid hydroplaning in inclement weather.
Verify that wipers are working: Summer showers may find you needing your wipers more often than you think, so make sure they are in tip top shape.
Top off fluid levels: Drivers need to stay hydrated and so does your vehicle! In the summer, it is especially important to check that all vehicle fluid levels are at their proper levels.
Test all lights: Ensure that your headlights are in good working order.
Get A/C serviced: Air conditioners should be serviced pre-season, so drivers are not subjected to intense heat while covering their route, which can be very dangerous.
Pack a roadside kit: Keep a first aid kit, flashlight, jumper cable, flares, and plenty of water in your vehicle. In the event of a breakdown, you'll be well prepared.
On the Road
Avoid distractions: As always, eliminate any distractions and stay focused on the road. That means no eating, grooming, manipulating the radio or using cell phones while behind the wheel.
Share the road: There are more people than ever on the highways and byways in the summer months. Be on the lookout for cyclists, pedestrians and motorcyclists. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recommends keeping a safe following distance of 3 to 4 seconds behind motorcyclists.
Buckle up: It's a no-brainer, but summertime makes everyone loosen up. Just don't loosen that seatbelt. It could save your life.
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