Summer Safety On The Road

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It’s the season of family vacations and cross country road trips.  So those highways and interstates might seem busier than usual with everyone taking advantage of their summer vacations. Keep your summer safe by watching out for road hazards that could “detour” your well deserved lazy days at the beach!

Teen Drivers

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says that motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of teen deaths. We are not picking on these newbie drivers, and we’re sure they’re some teens out there that drive better than most adults. But summer vacation out, and plenty of freedom means a higher amount of those inexperienced drivers on the road during the season.

Have a newly licensed driver in your household? Make sure you talk to your teen about safety on the road. Address key issues like avoiding deadly distractions like talking on the phone.

Drunk Drivers

Summer is one of the busiest times on the road for the Las Vegas area, from locals heading to water to tourists checking out the many pools the city has to offer. There is an increase statistically of drivers under the influence with plenty of BBQ’s and 4th of July right around the corner. As the NHTSA says that drunk driving deaths spike by 51% during holidays. As always, makes sure you don’t drive after drinking. Make sure you’re taking the proper precautions before you set out to travel this season. Keep you and everyone around you safe!

Road Construction

Summer days means better tans and an increase in road congesting construction around the valley. Whether you plan to stay local or you’re heading out of town, plan your route to avoid road constructions delays. The Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) lists all the current and upcoming road construction.

Tire Blowouts

With temperatures reaching the triple digits in Las Vegas, the higher the chance tires will blowout. If the weather says the outside temperature will hit 110, can you imagine how hot the asphalt is? yes, most likely to cook an egg on it, but also increase the risk tires will fail. When temperatures soar, and drivers go longer distance the inevitability of a blowout goes up. More than half the cars on the road are driving on improperly inflated tires. Poorly inflated tires means they are meeting manufacturer specifications. Meaning they are designed to handle the weight of your car, and still handle the bumps and such hazards on the road, but only if the are inflated correctly. Otherwise, every time the hit a pothole under inflated, it actually causes internal weakening to the structure. Make sure that you read manufacturer PSI recommendations before setting out for that summer beach resort. Also check with your local mechanic to make sure your alignment and spare are ready for the long haul.