Summer driving is one of life’s great pleasures, but for many reasons it is also fraught with danger. Not only are there more cars on the road, but also many more cyclists, motorcyclists and pedestrians all out enjoying the sunshine. Whether you are heading off to the beach, a festival, a family holiday or are going bush, don’t forget that the safety of yourself, your passengers and other road users should always come first. By following these three simple reminders, we can all enjoy a fun and safe summer on the roads!
Maintain Your Vehicle
Properly maintaining your vehicle is one of the single-most things you can do to ensure a safe ride. Summer is a great time to attend to all of those car maintenance tasks that you have been putting off. Getting a full car service and wheel alignment done by an experienced automotive mechanic is an investment in your peace of mind. Tyre pressure and tread should be checked regularly as the summer heat can play havoc with your wheels. If your tread is worn down, ask our mechanics about the great tyre specials available at our Perth workshop. There is nothing worse than sweltering in a stuffy metal box on a hot day, so periodic air conditioning repairs are also a very good idea!
Plan ahead to make sure your trip is as risk-free and enjoyable as it can be. Try to avoid driving at peak times wherever possible. Take extra care and allow more time for traffic congestion caused by holidaymakers, festivals, parades and sporting events. If you are going to an event where it is likely that you will consume alcohol, make sure there will be a designated driver who will remain sober. Alternatively, leave the car keys at home and plan to catch a taxi or public transport.
Summer vibes can sometimes lead to careless driving and excessive alcohol consumption. Even if we are very careful ourselves, it pays to be aware of the dangers posed by other motorists. Avoid any distractions, electronic or otherwise, to ensure that you can respond quickly if necessary. Allow enough space between yourself and other road users in case you need to brake suddenly. If you are on a family holiday, make sure the kids are safely restrained and that you have lots of snacks and games to keep them amused for the long journey. If you are travelling with family pets make certain they also are appropriately restrained and have plenty of fresh water.
If you need any more tips on safe summer driving, don’t hesitate to have a chat with our friendly teamin Canning Vale. We can offer you dependable but cheap car servicing, affordable wheel alignments and great deals on Kuhmo tyres.
As the mercury rises and Christmas rapidly approaches, you are probably already planning your summer holidays or a trip home to see the family. Before the festive season gets into full swing, take a moment to think about how prepared you are for the additional challenges of summer holiday motoring. By being mindful of our tips below, you can take the stress out of driving during the silly season and get ready for a safe and enjoyable road trip!
Keep Your Cool behind the Wheel
Unfortunately the Christmas period doesn’t signal smooth sailing when it comes to road safety. An increase in the number of road users, extreme temperatures and a host of other factors can all add up to more hazards than you bargained for. Make sure you stay cool and comfortable behind the wheel by getting your air conditioning repairs up to date before your journey. Avoid alcohol and stay well hydrated, especially on hot days.
Stay One Step Ahead of Festive Fatigue
Visiting the relatives or in-laws often involves covering long distances in short periods of time, especially when you live in such a vast state as Western Australia! Resist the temptation to rush your trip and beat fatigue by making regular rest stops. A walk around will help you to clear your head and get the blood circulating, preparing you for the next leg. It also helps your engine to cool down and avoid overheating on those infernal summer days.
Keep Your Vehicle in Tip Top Shape
One of the most effective ways of staying safe on the roads is to make sure your vehicle is in tip top shape before you start your journey. For ultimate peace of mind, consider seeing an automotive mechanic for a full car service and wheel alignment. At a minimum, you should inspect your tyre pressure and tread to avoid blowouts or other problems. Check that your signal lights are working, your fluid levels are sufficient and your windows and mirrors are all clean.
Always Be Aware of Other Road Users
Warmer weather means more cyclists, motorcyclists and pedestrians sharing the road. Always stick to the speed limit, allow a safe braking distance and give plenty of space to more vulnerable road users. Be aware that many holidaying drivers might be navigating unfamiliar roads for the first time and may suddenly make erratic stops or turns. When faced with summer roadworks, proceed with extreme caution, be prepared to give way to workers and obey all temporary road signage.
Don’t become part of the Christmas road toll! Make sure you and your family stays safe this festive season by keeping your car in good repair and following AME Automotive’s tips for stress-free Christmas driving. For professional car service packages, Kuhmo tyres, great tyre specials and general advice, talk to one of our mechanics in Canning Vale, Perth.