Brush up on these summer driving safety tips to make sure you have a safe commute.
1. Summer sun
We all enjoy some sun but when you are driving, it can be a nuisance. Make sure you have a pair of sunglasses in your car at all times that you can wear to help minimize sun glare and protect your eyes from harmful ultraviolet radiation. Use your car’s sun visor to help block the sun from you and your front passenger’s view. If you are finding the sun to be much too bright and difficult to drive in, pull over for 20 or 30 minutes until the sun has finished rising or setting below the horizon.
2. Hot temperatures
If you leave your car parked in direct sunlight on a scorching hot day, chances are the inside of your car will feel like sauna. To help cool it off, you can either open the car windows and let some fresh air in or turn on the AC. It’s also a good idea to have a cold water bottle handy, especially on long summer drives to keep yourself hydrated.
3. Car maintenance
Before you make big summer driving plans, be sure to have your vehicle inspected. It’s important to check your car’s fluid levels, radiator, tires, brakes and AC. Be sure your car has enough room on the road trip for an emergency kit. It’s best to be prepared for any possible driving scenario.
4. Watch out for children
With another school year finished, children will be outside enjoying the summer weather. Drive carefully through any residential areas where children may be playing and could unpredictably run on to the road.
5. Congested roads
More vehicles tend to be on the road during summer and with more vehicles come traffic jams. Remain calm, adapt to road conditions and drive with care. Be on the lookout for tourist drivers who may not be as familiar with roads in the area.
6. Construction season
Along with traffic jams, be prepared for construction on the roads. Summers in Canada are often associated with construction. Be sure to approach any construction zones with caution, slow down and follow all warning signs and people directing the flow of traffic through the area. Before you drive, you can check for any possible road closures online or on the news to save you some time on your route.
7. Sharing the road
Besides more cars on the road during summer, you will be required to share the road with more bicycles and motorcycles. Be prepared and pay attention to your mirrors and blind spots to locate them.
These tips are provided for information and prevention purposes only. They are general in nature, and Desjardins Insurance cannot be held liable for them. We recommend using caution and consulting an expert for comprehensive, tailored advice.
In Quebec, Desjardins Insurance refers to Desjardins General Insurance Inc. In Ontario and Alberta, Desjardins Insurance refers to Certas Direct Insurance Company, underwriter of automobile and property insurance.