5 Tips to Drive Safely During the Summer

safe summer driving trucks on road

From distractions like cell phones or crying kids in the backseat, to hazards like road construction or reckless drivers, there are lots of reasons to stay alert on the road this summer.

With summer in full swing and Labor Day right around the corner, the roads are full of people driving excitedly to and from vacations, cookouts, and holiday events. Unfortunately, safety isn’t always at the forefront of every driver’s mind. Here are 5 tips to keep you and your fellow drivers safe throughout the rest of the season on the road:

  1. Focus on the Drive. There are a lot of things going on during the summer months, and truckers have lives to think about, too. Summer break from school, birthday parties, vacations, and sports functions all go on while you’re logging miles. While this is surely a difficult experience, it’s important to keep your mind on your driving.
  2. Be Prepared for Tourist Drivers. With so many people on vacation during this period, there are bound to be more drivers on the road who aren’t familiar with their surroundings. People will miss exits, confuse traffic patterns, and more. Since you can’t be sure who’s on vacation and who’s not, never assume the drivers around you are as familiar with the road as you are.
  3. Don’t Let Your Guard Down. Lots of drivers, commercial or otherwise, tend to let their guards down during the summer months. The snow, ice, and rain may be gone, but that doesn’t mean the drive will be a safe one.
  4. Expect Hazards. Summer months are prime time for road construction projects. The weather is typically more predictable and conducive to working on longer jobs like widening or repaving roads or building new traffic patterns. Wildlife is also more active during warm weather and animals will be closer to roads and highways.
  5. Get Rest. Longer daylight hours don’t mean you get any less fatigued after a full day on the road. Be sure to get just as much rest as you would any other time of year. 

 

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