Mild temperatures and beautiful landscapes in Colorado make this state a popular destination for travelers and vacationers during the summer months. Summer is not only a gorgeous time of year here, it is the perfect season for road trips. Winters can be notoriously harsh in this area of the country, so you may think driving during winter is far more dangerous than traveling amid sunny summer days. However, driving during the summer months can be just as dangerous and hazardous.
For example, as you hit the road this time of year, you’ll likely encounter more construction zones and see more motorcycles and bicycles. There will also be more teen drivers and vacationers who are not familiar with roadways in your area. Not to mention the weather, which can range from near triple-digit temperatures to heavy rains. The following strategies can help you stay safe as you hit the road this summer.
Hot summer temperatures can cause your vehicle to overheat, which can lead to a major breakdown. Before taking to the road, inspect your vehicle’s coolant system thoroughly. Examine the radiator, pressure cap, hoses and coolant levels. Make sure the air conditioner is working as it should. It is also a good idea to bring extra coolant, oil and other vehicle fluids along with you, especially if you’re traveling to a more isolated area.
Check the weather
Always check the weather before heading out. During the summer months, severe storms and torrential rains can pop up seemingly out of nowhere and can cause roads to quickly flood. If you encounter a flooded road, never attempt to cross it. Driving in the rain can also be very hazardous. Even a light rain can make roads extremely slippery as rain water mixes with remnant oil and dirt on the road.
Don’t overload your vehicle
As you pack your vehicle before a road trip, you may be tempted to bring extra gear or luggage just in case. However, be careful not to overload your vehicle. Your vehicle’s load limit may be in the driver-side door jam. Never exceed this load limit, as it can cause extra strain on your vehicle and leave you stranded on the side of the road.
Just slow down
Hot summer temperatures will put a strain on your vehicle. Pushing your vehicle to drive at higher speeds can cause even more wear and tear, so just slow down. Driving the speed limit will not only reduce the strain on your vehicle, but it is much safer. The best way to avoid accidents when traveling is to reduce speeds and practice defensive driving habits together.
Summer road trips are a tradition for many Americans and a great way to make long-lasting memories with family and friends. Safety is a crucial part of any successful journey. Unfortunately, you just can’t predict when an accident will happen. If you are injured in a motor vehicle accident caused by another party’s negligence, there are means available for you to pursue monetary damages for your medical bills, lost wages from missing work, and your pain and suffering.