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During the summer, it’s more important than ever to make sure you’re driving defensively. Everyone is rushing to get outside and soak up the sun, and your safety and the safety of others is the most important part of driving. Here are 5 driving safety tips to keep in mind.

1. Don’t drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Summer is the time for fun and games, but that doesn’t apply behind the wheel. Driving under the influence puts yourself and others at risk on the road, and drivers under the influence are responsible for 29 accidents per day in the United States. Don’t be a part of that statistic – make sure you’re sober every time you get in the driver’s seat. 

2. Let tailgaters pass you.

Whether they’re heading to a cookout or a pool party, everybody’s in a hurry during the summer. Tailgating is aggravating, and it can be very tempting to retaliate by brake-checking or tailgating them right back. However, brake-checking is illegal, and it’s incredibly dangerous to try to fight back at a tailgater. If someone is riding your bumper, just let them pass when they have a chance. It’ll save you and those around you from a potentially fatal accident. 

3. Be sure to check your blind spots.

Rearview mirrors are very helpful, but unfortunately, they don’t show everything. Don’t just rely on your mirrors or your backup camera. Blind spots can be checked through the windows of your car, and it’s imperative that you check those before attempting to change lanes or pull out of a parking space. Motorcyclists are everywhere during the summer, and they are easy to miss if you aren’t double checking. Keep yourself and others safe by checking your blind spots.

4. Stay focused on the road.

Amidst the beautiful scenery and text message invitations to outdoor celebrations, summer is full of distractions. Distracted driving is just as dangerous as driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Before your foot presses the gas, put your phone on its “do not disturb” setting and avoid picking it up before you’re safely parked. 

5. Stick to the speed limit.

It’s easy to let the good mood of summer get to your head and forget to keep an eye on your speed. However, driving at high speeds puts both yourself and others in danger. Accidents happen very quickly, and speed limits are in place for a reason. Don’t let a careless mistake jeopardize the rest of your summer fun; maintain a proper speed and arrive at your destination safely. 

Our safety team here at Horizon Transport highly recommend keeping these safety tips in mind as you hit the road. Drive safe. Arrive alive.