Gearing Up for Summer Driving

 

Driving Safety Tips & Helpful Reminders

  • The first rain after a dry spell can cause roadways to be much more slippery due to a build up of rubber and oil on road surfaces.
  • This time of year, more children are out of school and potentially near streets and roadways, and there are more people on bicycles.
  • Summer is construction season—slow down and be aware of workers and stopped vehicles.
  • Newly paved roadways can be very slippery after a rain shower and increase stopping distances.
  • Warm weather also means more motorcyclists on the roadways.
  • Summer is vacation time, anticipate distracted and sightseeing motorists and travelers.
  • Greater chance of roadside DOT check points; reminder: first week of June for the inspection blitz.
  • Keep a “weather eye open” and monitor your weather apps for severe weather updates on your route.

Health Tips

  • Wear proper non-skid footwear (closed-toe work shoes or boots only).
  • To prevent bites from flies, mosquito and spiders, pack insect repellent.
  • Keep an “eye out” for wildlife near rail yards and rural stops (snakes, scorpions, and other nasty critters).
  • Wear sunscreen to prevent UV exposure.
  • When conditions are hot and humid, pace yourself enough to avoid overheating, which can lead to dehydration and heat exhaustion.
  • If you wear short-sleeve shirts, be cautious around hot hoses and pipes on trailers — burn injuries increase during the summer season.

Maintenance Items

  • Carry a glass cleaner and paper towels to clean the bugs off the windshield.
  • Maintain engine fluid levels—especially coolant.
  • Check engine belt conditions on pre-trip inspection.
  • Check tire pressure frequently, under inflated tires overheat more quickly and the potential of a blowout increases dramatically.
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