Top 5 summer driving tips
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Summer driving can be dangerous
- More deaths from road accidents happen in Canada in summer.
- More accidents happen in summer than during the winter holiday season.
- Roads are busier in summer. More people go on long trips.
- Summer brings new challenges for drivers. Make sure you are prepared.
Five tips for summer driving:
Prepare your vehicle
- Change your snow tires to three-season (or all-season) tires.
- Check to see if your tires are in good condition. See that they are inflated correctly.
- Fine-tune your vehicle if you will go on a long drive. Do it on your own or hire a professional.
- Areas to check are:
- fluid levels (especially your car’s coolant. It prevents overheating)
- tire pressure
- air conditioning unit
- signal lights
- Read 10 Easy steps to prepare for a road trip for other tips.
- Manitoba sun is strong.
- Always bring a pair of sunglasses in your car.
- Bring a small sun shade for windows. It will protect your passengers especially on long trips.
- Open windows or turn on air conditioning.
- Bring water for drinking.
- Don’t leave kids or pets alone when parked under the sun. It is hotter inside a car than outside.
Drive defensively. Stay alert.
- Drive at a safe speed. Leave plenty of distance between yourself and the vehicle ahead.
- Speeding is a big problem in summer. It is one of the biggest causes of accidents. Know and observe the speed limit.
- Follow traffic rules:
- Obey all signs and signals.
- Stay on the right lane if you are driving on a long highway. The left lane is for passing only.
- Never drink and drive.
- Keep your eyes on the road.
- Don’t use your cellphone while driving. Driving while distracted causes accidents.
Share the road
- Look out for cyclists, skaters and pedestrians in summer.
- Share the road when there are no bike lanes.
- Shoulder check for cyclists when making a right turn.
- Stop for pedestrians even if they don’t have the right-of-way.
- Check for passing cyclists before you open your car door.
- Stop or slow down in construction zones. Summer is construction season.
Don’t carry a heavy load if your vehicle is made for it
- Check your owner’s manual or consult your dealer. Make sure that your vehicle can tow a trailer or haul a load.
- Other tips:
- Check your rear view mirrors. You will need a clear view of the road behind.
- You will need more space to stop or pass when carrying a heavy load or trailer.
- Maintain a good distance between yourself and the vehicle ahead. The recommended distance is three seconds for every 20 ft. of vehicle length.
- Be courteous when moving slower than the flow of traffic. Pull over to let faster vehicles pass.
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