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Driving Safely in the Summertime

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on June 3, 2014

There are a number of unique driving challenges that arise in the summertime. As the heat increases in Seattle, so does the number of pedestrians, bicyclists, and drunk drivers. Make sure you are focused on the roadway and that you exercise safe driving habits at all times.

The first step to staying safe this summer is to make sure your vehicle is safe to drive. When was the last time you had your car services? Oil changes, tire rotations, and battery checks can significantly reduce your chances of being left on the side of a Washington highway.

If you have a big summer trip planned, take your car to a trusted mechanic first. Make sure to check your vehicle’s tire pressure, wiper blades, fluid levels, brakes, automatic transmission, and power steering. Don’t forget to check your headlights, brake lights, and turn signals. These simple steps will greatly reduce your chances of having a major mechanical malfunction.

Now that you are ready to hit the roadway, make sure everyone is safely secured. Buckle up your child is in a car seat or booster and require all of your passengers to wear a seat belt. Drunk driving is a serious problem Washington roadways during the summer.  Always buckle up when you get in your car.

When driving this summer, make sure you put your cell phone away. Driving while distracted is extremely dangerous and you need to keep your eyes on the road in case a pedestrian crosses in front of your car or a bicyclist turns into your path. It is also important that you only drive when sober. There is often a significant increase in the number of drunk driving accidents each summer as people drive from beach and pool parties where there is alcohol. If you have been drinking, use a designated driver or call a cab.

If you have been injured in a car accident, please contact an experienced Seattle personal injury lawyer who will remain on your side, fight for your rights, and ensure that the negligent parties are held liable. Please drive safely this summer.

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