The end of summer and the beginning of fall; a time that always seems to come much too quickly. A time when parents send their kids off to school, and college campuses fill up within weeks. All of the excitement, moving, and traveling brings with it much busier roads, especially around highways and colleges.
Although it may seem obvious to some, vehicle safety during these times is extremely important. Motor vehicle accidents are still, unfortunately, featured on the news almost daily. Ready to become independent and go off on their own for the first time, kids may scoff at learning vehicle safety tips, but it is highly advised that parents teach their children at least the most basic safety information.
Here are several driving tips to help have an easy transition from summer to fall.
Put away the cell phone
Hopefully this one is obvious by now. But, even though there is cell phone safety laws in several states, it still seems to be an issue. Make sure any driver, or even yourself, has a firm grasp on how dangerous it is to drive while using a cell phone. If worst comes to worst, the best thing to do is to pull over if there is a text or a phone call that needs to be answered. Taking a few minutes to pull over might waste some time, but it will help to avoid serious accidents.
Avoid driving with too many people in the car
Having too many people in the vehicle is just as risky as driving with a cell phone. Too many passengers can be distracting to the driver, even if they aren’t trying to be. When more than two people are in the car, make sure to focus closely only on the road.
Make sure the vehicle is in good shape
If you or a loved one is going to be using a vehicle more during the fall, make sure to get a maintenance check up. Double check that the mirrors are working properly, the tires are filled, and the brakes aren’t worn. These small maintenance checks can sometimes go overlooked if the car seems to be running fine, but it doesn’t hurt to be 100% sure.
Even if some of these tips have been heard before, it is imperative to have a firm understanding of them before hitting the road this fall. This is an incredibly beautiful and exciting time of year. Having this safety information in your back pocket will ensure that summer’s transition into fall stays that way.