Summer in Chicago is a time of fun and relaxation. The warmer weather means outdoor barbeques, picnics, amusement parks, swimming, and family vacations. As more people take to the road during the summer months, it is important to remember certain driving safety tips, including the following:
- Avoid drinking and driving. Many summer events, like barbeques, parties and picnics, involve alcohol consumption. It is incredibly important to avoid driving if you have been drinking since drunk driving accounts for approximately one-third of all fatal car crashes. Moreover, a DUI could result in significant fines and penalties, including a possible loss of driving privileges and jail time.
- Keep watch for children and pedestrians. Summer months often bring more people outdoors, with children playing in yards and in the streets, and cyclists, skaters, and pedestrians sharing the road with motorists.
- Avoid driving if you are tired or distracted. The additional heat in summer and traffic delays can make you feel more tired and less alert than usual. Avoid all types of distracted driving, including cell phone use, texting, and other distractions. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in 2011 alone, 3,331 people were killed in crashes involving a distracted driver and an additional 387,000 people were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving a distracted driver.
- Watch for and obey road construction signs and detours.
- Keep your vehicle in safe operating condition. All fluids, such as coolant, brakes, power steering, and windshield fluids, should be checked and topped off.
- Change belts and hoses as heat and humidity can deteriorate rubber.
- Optimize tire pressure. Be sure to check your car manual for optimum pressure levels and use seasonal tires, if possible. According to The Weather Channel, tire care is particularly important during the summer months because long trips, heavy loads, high speeds, and higher temperatures all put additional stress on a vehicle’s tires.
- Keep drinks and health snacks in your car when going out on long drives or if you expect delays on the road.
- Take regular rest stops if you are going on a long road trip.
- Keep a first-aid safety kit in your car with fresh supplies.
- Avoid overloading your vehicle.
- Maintain a safe driving distance.
The Chicago auto accident lawyers at Ankin Law Office, LLC are committed to keeping the roadways safe for motorists. Our Chicago car accident lawyers focus on protecting the rights of those injured or killed in auto accidents. If you have been injured or a loved one has been killed in an Illinois auto accident, contact one of our Chicago car accident lawyers at (312) 600-0000 to learn more about a possible personal injury lawsuit.