The summer driving season has arrived and we’re taking to the highways and byways for weekend outings and sunny vacations.  Here are five tips for a smooth summer ride.

#1 Get Your vehicle serviced before hitting the open road

Proper maintenance of your vehicle before heading out is key to preventing breakdowns.  Make sure to change your oil, check your battery, rotate the tires and make sure they are at the right pressure.  Also be sure to top up all fluids and clean all the windows.

#2 Buckle Up

Safety first and obey the law.  That means making sure that you and all your passengers are buckled up at all times.

 

#3 Stay alert

Make regular stops along the way for a group stretch, get something to eat and drink and return messages.  If you’re feeling tired, change drivers and if needed, consider staying overnight in a hotel or motel

 

#4 Keep kids and pets safe

Never leave a child or a pet alone in a parked car, even with the windows rolled down, or air conditioning on. Children’s body temperature can heat up 3 to 5 times faster than adults and

heatstroke can occur in temperatures as low as 14 degrees.

 

Obey the law

Avoid hassle with authorities by following the rules of the road, especially the speed limit.  Some jurisdictions will impound your vehicle for excessive speeding.  As well, paying a major fine can put a real damper on your vacation.

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