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  • Writer's pictureBill Doar

Traveling Safely In The Summer

With the temperatures moving steadily towards triple digits, we wanted to share a few tips we've learned over the years about traveling in the summer. With many years in the Courier Industry serving clients, here are a few of our favorite tips when it comes to traveling in the summer.

1. **Stay Hydrated**: Make sure to drink plenty of water before and during your trip. Dehydration can lead to fatigue and decreased alertness, which are dangerous while driving.

2. **Check Your Vehicle**: Before hitting the road, check your vehicle's fluids (oil, coolant, etc.), tire pressure, and brakes. High temperatures can exacerbate existing issues, so it's crucial to ensure your vehicle is in good condition.

3. **Plan Your Route**: Summer is a popular time for road trips, so plan your route in advance to avoid traffic congestion and construction zones. Consider using navigation apps that provide real-time traffic updates.

4. **Use Sun Protection**: Protect yourself from the sun's harmful UV rays by wearing sunscreen, sunglasses, and light clothing. Use sunshades or tinted windows to keep your car's interior cool and comfortable.

5. **Take Breaks**: Long drives in hot weather can be exhausting. Take regular breaks to stretch your legs, rest, and cool off. Aim to stop every couple of hours, especially on extended journeys.

6. **Watch for Signs of Overheating**: Keep an eye on your vehicle's temperature gauge, and be alert for signs of overheating such as steam coming from the engine or a dashboard warning light. If your car starts to overheat, pull over safely and allow it to cool down before continuing.

7. **Stay Cool**: Use your car's air conditioning system to maintain a comfortable temperature inside the vehicle. If you don't have AC, consider using portable fans or opening windows to increase airflow.

8. **Stay Focused**: Summer weather can be distracting with scenic views and outdoor activities. Stay focused on the road, avoid distractions like texting or eating while driving, and always keep your eyes on the road.

9. **Be Prepared for Emergencies**: Pack an emergency kit with essentials like water, snacks, a first aid kit, flashlight, jumper cables, and a charged cell phone. It's better to be over-prepared than caught off guard in case of an emergency.

10. **Stay Informed**: Stay updated on weather forecasts, especially if you're traveling to areas prone to severe weather like thunderstorms or hurricanes. Adjust your plans accordingly to avoid driving in dangerous conditions.

By following these tips, you can ensure a safe and enjoyable driving experience during the summer months.

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