Summertime is when most people in Virginia are out and about, exploring and enjoying the warm weather. However, this time also comes with its share of hazards, especially on the road. Some tips to keep you and others safe include:
Preparing for the warm weather
Checking your vehicle before setting out on a road trip is essential to avoid any issues while driving. Make sure your tires are properly inflated and have good tread. Getting an oil change and tune-up is also a good idea to help your car run smoothly in the heat.
Planning your route
Before you hit the road, take some time to map out your route and plan for any rest stops or gas stations you may need. This will help you avoid getting lost or running out of gas in the middle of nowhere. Additionally, it can help prevent the distraction of always checking your GPS while driving. That simple act of looking away or paying more attention to your map or direction devices is enough to cause deadly motor vehicle accidents.
Take breaks as needed
When driving in the summer heat, it’s important to take breaks to stay hydrated and well-rested. If possible, avoid driving during the hottest hours of the day (usually between 11 am and sunset). If you must drive during these times, pull over in a shady spot and take a break every few hours. Drink plenty of water and avoid caffeinated beverages, as they can actually dehydrate you.
Never drink and drive
Not only is this illegal in Virginia, but it’s also incredibly dangerous. If you’re going to be drinking, always have a designated driver or plan to take public transportation home. There’s no reason to risk your life or the lives of others by getting behind the wheel when you’ve been drinking. Besides, a DUI conviction can stay on your record for at least 11 years. This can affect you when applying for jobs, increase your auto insurance rates, and change the paradigm of your relationships.
Make your summertime memorable in Virginia by taking all the necessary steps to be safe. Some mistakes go beyond an injury or car damage. For instance, if you cause an accident, the court could hold you liable and force you to compensate the affected victims.