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Now that summer is here, safety in our community should be at the forefront of our minds. One of the most overlooked safety precautions in the summer is driving safely. Alertness behind the wheel is just as important as other summer safety concerns. Drivers should be aware that children will be outside playing more now that they are on their summer break.
Here are 4 ways to make sure you are keeping children, yourself, and others safe behind the wheel this summer:
1. Distracted Driving
As a driver, it is your job to make sure that your main focus is, of course, driving. Distracted driving can come in many forms, like texting, talking on the phone, changing the radio station, and even distractions in the back seat. Make sure you are taking steps to minimize those factors before putting your car in drive.
2. Unattended Children and Pets
Summers in Texas can get brutally hot! Do not put yourself in a situation where you need to leave your children or your pets in a hot vehicle. The safety of your children and pets is worth the extra time it takes to ensure they are not forgotten.
3. Road Trips/Emergency Kit
Summer is the perfect time to take a family road trip. If you are planning on vacationing with the car this summer, have an emergency kit available at all times. In your emergency kit, you should pack band aids, gauze, antibacterial ointment, and other first aid needs. It is also a good idea to keep a car emergency kit with car repair tools and flashlights available as well, because you never know what can happen and what you'll need when you are many miles from home.
4. Keep a Lookout for Motorcycles, Bikes, Pedestrians
In the summer months, a lot more people will be out and about. More pedestrians can be seen walking down the road, and more people will be out riding bicycles, and even motorcycles. As a pedestrian, bicyclist, or motorcyclist, be aware of drivers. Conversely, drivers should be aware as well. Being alert to the special hazards of the season is one of the easiest ways to avoid tragic accidents.
So, this summer, remember that safety should always come first, whether you're a pedestrian or behind the wheel. Keep our community safe this summer!