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Tips to Keep You Safe on the Road this Summer

Road trip season is here! Although the roads are clear of snow and ice, that doesn’t mean you should let
your guard down. It’s important to stay vigilant while driving during the summertime to avoid accidents
or injury. Below are some driving tips you should be aware of to keep you and your family safe this

Watch Out for Distracted Drivers

Although you should keep an eye out all year long for distracted drivers, the summer can bring more
distractions than usual. Due to an increase in time off for families and students, traffic and tourist
activity can be heavier and there may be more that catches your eye on the side of the road. Always
watch out for drivers who aren’t watching you.

Keep an Eye on Your Calendar

Several holiday long weekends occur during the summertime. That unfortunately means an increase in
drinking and driving. We encourage you to only go out if needed during holidays and be aware of the
increased risk behind the wheel during these times.

Protect Your Eyes

Sunglasses aren’t just for looking cool. They protect your eyes from the harsh rays of the sun. Driving
can be hard on the eyes, especially with the sun glaring off the road. Make sure to invest in a good pair
of polarized sunglasses to help you see clearly and never be afraid to pull off to give your eyes a rest.

Check the Weather Before Heading Out

Weather can change just as suddenly in the summer as it can in the winter. Always check the forecast
before heading out and be properly prepared. Downpours and thunderstorms can cause flash flooding,
poor visibility, high winds causing debris, and more. Avoid road trips during bad weather if possible.

Watch for Pedestrians

Good weather means more time outside. You’re likely to see an increase in pedestrians, children
playing, and cyclists enjoying the beautiful weather. Make sure to pay extra attention when on the road
to avoid an unfortunate incident.

Don’t Text and Drive

This one is important to remember any time you are on the road. Do not text and drive. If you
need to respond to a text or make a phone call, we ask that you pull over somewhere safe
before placing it.

Keep an Emergency Kit in Your Car

It’s a good idea to have an emergency kit in your car year-round but double-check it before a big
summer road trip. Your emergency kit should include a cell phone charger, jumper cables, a first aid kit,
extra water, a flashlight, non-perishable food, and more.

The summertime is meant for enjoying the good weather and having a great time with your loved ones.
Please follow all the precautions you can when on the road. Remember that a dry road doesn’t
necessarily mean a safe one. If you’ve been injured in a motor vehicle accident, your primary focus
should be on recovering from your injuries. Contact our professional personal injury lawyers at Zuber
to navigate the complicated insurance laws and claim the compensation you deserve.