Summer Driving Tips

Summer Driving Tips
Summer Driving Tips

Whether it’s across the country or just to the neighborhood pool, there’s almost no doubt you’ll be travelling this summer. Use these car and driving tips to make sure your summer adventures are safe and efficient.

Get a Checkup

Before you head out on any lengthy trip, it’s best to make sure that everything is in order with your vehicle. Bring your car into the service department at Rivard Buick GMC to get a maintenance checkup. We can change your oil, rotate your tires, and check your fluid levels, your hoses, and your filters.

Plan Stops

Taking a long road trip is fun, but also challenging at times. When the kids begin to get restless, that can become a distraction and make it more difficult to focus and have fun. Plan to stop every couple of hours so that passengers can stretch out, take a walk, or grab a snack before hitting the road again.

Summer-Specific Safety

Be sure to never leave a child in a car unattended, not even with the engine running and not even for a couple of minutes. Cars heat up quickly in the summer, and an unattended child is at risk of heat stroke. Also, be aware that in the summer season kids will be out and about more, so be extra cautious when driving through neighborhoods or parking lots. Use a backup camera to check behind the vehicle and always stay alert of your surroundings to keep you, your passengers, and pedestrians safe.

 

Wake Up: Tips for Avoiding Drowsy Driving

DrivingDriving in hazardous conditions is something that can’t always be helped; however, driving while drowsy can be just as dangerous, yet easily avoided. We’ve put together some tips for avoiding drowsy driving, keeping you safe on the highway.

According to the National Sleep Foundation, driving while drowsy can be just as dangerous as driving while intoxicated. Being tired behind the wheel can impair judgement, distract drivers, and slow reaction time. Although it may be difficult to know when you’re okay to drive, you should always try and get seven to nine hours of sleep every day.

Why does drowsy driving occur? Although you might just think that tired drivers haven’t received enough sleep, there are other reasons you may be tired. Taking medication, altering work schedules, getting fragmented or interrupted sleep, and having a chronic sleep disorder can also cause you to have problems on the road.

What can you do? Aside from getting enough sleep, you can also try: rolling down windows, listening to music, chewing ice chips, or drinking caffeine. If all else fails, try pulling over for a quick nap before continuing on.