We’ve all heard it: the call of the open road. Windows down, music playing, sun shining… But whether you’re heading out for a family vacation or a spontaneous road trip with friends, don’t let the sound of adventure drown out common sense when it comes to summer driving safety.
What is it about summer driving that makes us want to crank up our tunes to explosive levels? While it’s fine to enjoy your road trip playlist, remember that you must be able to both see and hear what’s going on around you while driving. There are many sounds—like emergency sirens, honking horns, squealing brakes—that can alert you to danger before you see it coming. So keep the volume at a reasonable level, and never wear headphones or earbuds.
You’ve heard it before, but we’ll say it again: put your phone and other devices away while driving. Texting or using your phone for anything while driving takes your eyes away from where they should be—on the road and your surroundings. Whatever you are doing can wait until you reach your destination, and if it can’t, pull over before engaging. If you must take calls on the road, invest in a hands-free device. This is not only for your own safety and the safety of those around you, but it’s the law in many states.
From brews at barbecues to Rosé all day, lots of summer gatherings include alcohol. Just remember that if you’ll be driving, you can’t be drinking. From having a designated driver to calling an Uber, there are lots of better choices than getting behind the wheel after having a couple drinks.
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Despite taking every precaution, accidents sometimes happen. Protect yourself against financial damage by ensuring you have the right auto insurance coverage. We recommend an annual review to make sure your policy is current and without gaps, and that you are benefitting from applicable discounts. We work with you to make sure you fully understand what is covered and to what extent, so an accident isn’t compounded by more unpleasant surprises. Contact us today to schedule your review.