Stay Safe In Kentucky With These Four Summer Road Safety Tips

The temperature is rising as summer takes over Kentucky. According to meteorologists, we are experiencing a normal summer except that this year’s bound to be "wetter than the average." In fact, rainfall for June alone has already exceeded the total we endured this time last year. This week alone, parts of Kentucky have picked up over two inches of rain. With that said, we are looking at wet roads even when summer is in full swing. Motorists should be careful while driving.

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Summer driving tips
To help keep you safe this summer, here are a few driving tips:

  • Check seat belts. Being the driver, you are responsible for the safety of your passengers. Make sure everyone is wearing their seat belts properly and that the seat belts are in good condition.
  • Check the air conditioning system. Temperatures outside are going to be high, so make sure your air conditioning is working properly. Children, elderly and those with allergies are usually highly sensitive to heat.
  • Take deep breaths and relax. Flush stress out of your system before you get behind the wheel. Road rage is one of the most common causes of a vehicle accident. When emotions are high, decision-making skills are impaired. To add to that, unstable weather often worsens bad moods. Unstable or rainy weather is exactly what Kentucky is going to experience this season. Make sure you are aware of what the weather is going to be and focus on reaching your destination safely. Taking a deep breath helps clear your mind of stress. Make it a habit before you start driving.
  • Get your car inspected. Conduct vehicle check-ups. Rubbers should be in good condition. The high temperatures already make rubber more susceptible to damage and worn engine belts can lead to accidents. The engine might overheat or the vehicle might lose steering control. Make sure to replace any parts if you see any breaks. It is always better to be safe than sorry.

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As a Kentucky Accident Attorney, I encourage motorists to practice safe driving. While we can't control weather conditions, we can control our own actions. If you are in an accident, please remember to stay calm. You should then call the police and report the accident. While you're waiting for the police, you can exchange information with the other parties involved in the accident, take pictures of the scene and take notes about what happened (this will help you remember the accident later). Once you have done all that, go to your doctor and make sure you are not hurt. You may feel fine but it's important to have a doctor check you. If you don't see a doctor right after your accident, this could hurt your case. We want you to get to your destination safely, and we hope these driving tips above will help you.

Michael Schafer
The Personal Injury Attorney for Louisville and Kentucky
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