Summer is finally here, which means we can expect to see a lot more traffic on Central Florida’s roads. With children out of school, let the family vacations begin! Orlando is a top destination for summer vacations, which means drivers will need to use extra caution to minimize their risk of being involved in a car accident. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the highest number of fatal car accidents occurs during the summer months.
The following tips will help you prepare for these dangers when behind the wheel this summer.
- Prepare your vehicle. Make sure your vehicle has been inspected, including your engine and battery, and confirm all fluids are at their proper levels. Test the headlights, taillights, hazards, signals, and wipers. Check your tire pressure and make sure it stays at the manufacturer’s recommended level. Also, make sure your spare tire is properly inflated and ready to use if needed. These items are especially important to check off if you are planning a road trip this summer.
- Watch the weather. Florida experiences frequent rain and heavy downpours during the summer months, so it is a good idea to keep an eye on weather conditions. Ensure your vehicle is prepared before going out in rainy conditions and never utilize cruise control during inclement weather.
- Wear your seatbelt. ALWAYS buckle up. Unexpected incidents like a tire blow out, engine failure, or being hit by another driver can happen. Wearing your seatbelt minimizes your risk of injury by 60-65%, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
- Beat the heat. Florida’s heat and humidity pose a greater risk of dehydration so you should always keep bottled water on hand for all passengers. Also, check your AC’s Freon level before longer trips so everyone may ride comfortably.
- Share the road. Many motorcyclists, bicyclists and pedestrians will take advantage of the warmer weather, so you can expect to see more of them on the road this summer. Remain especially alert and mindful of these individuals and keep a safe distance between yourself and others on the road.
- Be mindful of tourists. Since Florida is a popular summertime destination, out of town visitors will be unfamiliar with the area and traffic patterns. Some drivers may become lost, which causes their driving to be unpredictable. For locals, it is best to drive defensively, especially in highly congested, tourist areas.
- Rest if needed. Drowsy driving is fatal. Stop if needed to give both you and your vehicle a rest. Breaking up your trip helps prevent driver fatigue and allows you time to recharge before getting back on the road.
Additional Summer Safety Resourecs and Information
- Dangers of Summer Driving – From esurance.com
- Common Sense Safety Tips For Summer Travel – From California Office of Traffic Safety
- Summer Car Safety Tips for the Entire Family – From Parenting.com
Use These Safety Tips To Help Keep Everyone Safe on Our Central Florida Roads This Summer
Summer is a time for family, fun and vacations! With more drivers on the road this summer, the chances of being involved in a car accident increase. Following simple safety tips can help you and your loved ones arrive and return from your vacation safely. The experienced Orlando Auto Accident Law Firm of Michael T. Gibson, P.A. is dedicated to protecting the rights of those involved in automobile accidents. We can help you obtain compensation for medical bills, future medical treatment, property damage, loss of wages, pain and suffering, etc. Feel free to fill out our quick contact form on our website to discuss your legal options in greater detail.