Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Summer Driving Safety Tips

Summer Driving Safety Tips
WESTLAND, Mich. - Each time summer rolls around, many can't wait to experience driving with the windows down and the wind in your hair. As summer is usually associated with nice weather, nobody tends to think about the dangers of driving during these warm months. In fact, according to Ford Motor Company, a new survey showed that many parents and teens believe the winter months to be the season with the most accidents - especially for teen drivers. This is, in fact, not true, as summer has revealed to have the highest number of teen driver fatalities.

While it is a combination of multiple factors, the survey seemed to suggest that this is because many drivers speed because of nice driving conditions; there are more distractions such as loud music and friends; and safe driving habits are not enforced. Knowing that it is important to be safe, no matter the season, we have a few summer driving safety tips:

Be Aware of Holidays
Did you know that July 4th is the deadliest day of the year to drive? With so many people traveling to be with friends and family, be aware that there will be a large amount of people on a small stretch of highway. If you can't avoid the highway, be vigilant and aware of those around you. By practicing safe driving habits, the holiday can be a safe and happy one for all.

Prep Your Car
The summer heat takes a toll on all vehicles, so make sure to check your fluids and listen for any abnormal sounds.  If you have any questions or concerns, or simply need help maintaining your car, we can assist you at North Brothers Ford.

Limit Your Distractions
It's easy to be distracted during the summer since it's so tempting to roll the windows down, blare the music and have fun with your passengers. It's okay to have fun, but limit your distractions by having a passenger adjust the radio, navigate GPS, make phone calls, text, etc. Let your passengers assist you with the distractions, while you focus on getting to your destination safely.

Don't Speed
Make sure you allow yourself plenty of time to get to your destination so you aren't tempted to speed. During the winter, we're used to accounting for weather conditions to make sure we arrive safely and on time. But give yourself time during the summer too, and make sure that you're obeying all traffic laws too.

Buckle Up
This is possibly one of the most important safety tips we could give you, as buckling up is so important - and against the law if you don't! Statistics show that seat belt usage is lowest among teenagers, even though seat belts are the number 1 life-saving device in accidents.

Summer is a great time of year, especially after spending anywhere from 5-8 months in dreaded Michigan winter. By following these summer driving safety tips, you can ensure the safety of you, your passengers and your fellow drivers. Summer is about having fun in the sunshine, so enjoy the warm months and be safe!

Want to get your vehicle looked over before the heat sets in? Bring it in to our Plymouth Area Ford Dealership location and our specialists can answer any questions that you may have! We can also help you get into a new vehicle if you're looking for a new ride this summer. With a huge selection of Low Mileage Pre-Owned Cars and Certified Pre-Owned Cars For Sale, we can help you find a car you will love.

North Brothers Ford, located at 33300 Ford Rd Westland, MI 48185, is proud to be one of the premier dealerships in Southeast Michigan committed to exceptional customer service! Stop by or give us a call at (888) 806-7163, our knowledgeable sales team will be happy to help!

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