Top 5 summer driving tips

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Summer driving can be dangerous

  1. More deaths from road accidents happen in Canada in summer.
  2. More accidents happen in summer than during the winter holiday season.
  3. Roads are busier in summer. More people go on long trips.
  4. Summer brings new challenges for drivers. Make sure you are prepared.

Five tips for summer driving:

  1. 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.

  2. Stay cool

    • 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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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