Most people feel that winter presents the most driving challenges. We all know how even a small amount of snow and ice can complicate even the simplest commute. However, it is important to keep in mind that summer brings its own unique mix of driving hazards.

Making yourself aware of the potential issues involved in summer driving can help protect yourself and your family as we escape the confines of our homes and into the sunshine.

Safety starts before you hit the road

You should perform a vehicle safety checklist before you decide to hit the open road this summer. Items that you should check out include:

  • Tires: Ensure your tires are inflated to the recommended air pressure and are not worn down. If your vehicle has a spare tire in the trunk, make sure it is in good condition.
  • Lights: Headlights, taillights, brake lights, turn signal lights should all be in operating condition.
  • Fluid levels: Make sure all of your vehicle’s fluid levels are at their proper volume. With the hot temperatures, engine coolant levels are particularly important.
  • Wiper blades: Wipers break down over time, especially after pulling heavy duty during the winter months.

A trusted mechanic may recommend additional checks. You should always consider the reliability of your vehicle before taking it on any road trip.

Summer storms

Torrential downpours and thunderstorms can leave roadways slick. Heavy rains can also result in flash flooding. Hail and heavy winds can go toe-to-toe with the worst that winter can bring. Drive at a safe speed and drive defensively if you encounter unsettled weather.

Drunk and impaired drivers

No summer driving hazard list would be complete without mentioning the dangers of drunk and impaired driving. Large parties and social gatherings may not be as prevalent this year as they are in past summers. However, impaired drivers are a cause for concern at any time of year. Save the cocktails for the end of your journey.

Be sure to take safety precautions

Making yourself aware of the hazards of summer driving can help protect you and your loved ones during this time of year. Stay safe, and have fun.