Summer is here, and Pennsylvania will be hot and humid for the next few months. As residents hit the streets to take advantage of the beautiful weather, traffic will inevitably increase during these summer months. Also, since they are on summer vacation, children are in every public place, which increases the amount of motor vehicle, bike, and foot traffic. The following are some recommendations for making your Pennsylvania summer driving experience safer and less stressful.
Summer weather means an increase in pedestrian traffic since more people will exercise or choose to walk to and from their destination. It also means that people will take the opportunity to utilize some form of bicycle or motorcycle for travel. With more pedestrians and cyclists on the road, motorists must be prepared to yield when required.
*Heighten your awareness
When driving during the summer months, remember that school is out, the kids are on vacation, and they may be found anywhere in public! Always have a heightened awareness of children and pedestrians, as well as anyone that travels by bicycle, scooter, or skateboard. Be conscious of areas with a substantial amount of two-wheeled activity.
*Pay special attention to the safety of child passengers
Always make sure children have their safety belts fastened and car seats are adjusted correctly and in conformity with applicable standards and laws.
The temperature of the interior of a motor vehicle significantly increases during the hot summer months. The interior of a car at an outdoor temperature of 85 degrees will rise to 110 degrees in only ten minutes! Anyone who regularly travels with younger children must be careful to not leave them unattended, even for a brief period such as just a few minutes, in a motor vehicle during hot weather.
*Do not drive while intoxicated or impaired!
For many, summer means enjoying their favorite alcoholic beverage at the park, beach, or their favorite watering hole. The heat of summer is often conducive to excessive drinking, the effects of which may manifest during the ride home. Making a choice not to drink alcohol is the ultimate test in this situation and defines a responsible adult.
When it comes to untimely car trouble or an unexpected accident, the two-word slogan of the Boy Scouts goes a long way. All motorists should carry an emergency travel kit in the trunk of their vehicle that contains the following:
*Water, water, and more water
The radiator, pressure cap, belts, and hoses of a motor vehicle tend to be increasingly affected by heat during the summer. When the temperature increases, the necessity increases to maintain fluid levels for brakes, power steering, automatic transmission, coolant, and windshield washer. Otherwise, blisters, cracks, and cuts in the rubber may cause engine problems and vehicle breakdowns.
*Regular vehicle inspection and maintenance
Whether personally or through a qualified mechanic, every vehicle owner must regularly check belts and hoses, tire pressure, fluid levels, and the performance of the vehicle’s air conditioning system to prevent breakdowns during the summer.
*Know all of the relevant conditions in the area where you will be traveling
Motorists must be knowledgeable of road and weather conditions near their destination. During the summer, road construction is more common since the weather is more conducive to road work. As a result, more constructions zones are on the roads and, as a result, drivers are required to observe lower speed limits and drive at a safer rate of speed.
Have a safe and enjoyable summer!
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