This summer, during these unprecedented times, families are taking vacations on the road in the safest way during the pandemic.
Although driving can minimize the risk of contracting COVID-19, it is not always the safest way to travel-in fact, summer is the most dangerous months of travel.
If you plan to take a summer road trip, you should be aware of the following ten risks.
Weather: Summer weather can be as unpredictable as winter weather, so please don’t skip checking the weather forecast.
Make sure that your vehicle and driver are prepared for extreme rain, sultry heat and everything in it.
Drunk driving: Summer can be a particularly dangerous driving time, partly because all outdoor celebrations and events usually involve alcohol.
Promise not to drive under the influence. If you want to celebrate, make sure to make a backup plan. In addition, if you find someone driving irregularly, please call 911 to report them and possibly stop the accident.
Extreme heat: Hot weather may harm children, pets and other sensitive people, so please make sure the air conditioner in the vehicle is working properly before leaving town.
Never leave pets or humans in a hot car, even for a few minutes. Wear sunscreen, because you may get sunburned even while driving.
If you don’t want to get into the room to take a break without driving, you can bring an umbrella or shade.
Poor vision: On a long two-lane road, it is easy to hit the driver who is walking too slowly in front of you, but unless you have enough space and a clear road, do not do this.
Road construction: Road projects usually start in the summer, and they make driving more challenging and tedious.
Check the construction projects on your route in advance and make sure to stay focused during the navigation process. Use your driving lights to make sure that others can see you.
Risky driving: Don’t let dry roads make you addicted, thinking you can relax the steering wheel.
Be careful not to go too fast or too close to others, only drive in the lane you pass, and make sure to focus on the road.
Fatigue: Driving when sleepy is as dangerous as when drunk.
If you plan to drive for a long time, if you feel sleepy, be willing to stop to rest, or even overnight if necessary.
Smartphones: Although we all know that driving a mobile phone within reach is not a good idea, many of us still do. By using smart phone mounts, the risk of accidents is minimized and passengers are required to provide assistance when sending texts or accessing navigation.
Delays: Delays can cause stress and affect your driving ability, especially if you do not want to be delayed and are eager to reach your destination.
Expect construction, accidents, bathroom breaks and thunderstorms.
Don’t be surprised when one or more of them appear.
Other drivers: Even in summer, you may be the safest driver there. However, motor vehicle safety statistics show that many drivers are taking unnecessary risks when driving in the summer.
Be careful of other people and keep your distance from your family or take a break if necessary to ensure your family’s safety.