Summer is a busy time for travelers. More inexperienced and vacationing drivers are on the roads in June, July, and August, contributing to increased driving risks. Here are some tips to help you travel safely in the summer.

6 Tips for Safe Summer Driving

More drivers mean more traffic jams

Remember that vacationing drivers are often unfamiliar with the roads and may make sudden stops, lane changes, or turns. Do your best to remain patient and avoid actions that could annoy other drivers.

Teenage driving

Studies show that teenage drivers are more likely to get into accidents in the summer than at any other time of the year. They are also the most likely age group to use cell phones while driving. Parents can help their teens by modeling attentive driving, setting curfews that prevent teens from driving too late, and signing their teenagers up for a safe driving course.


There are nearly 700 fatalities every year in construction zones. With more construction zones on travel routes in the summer, it’s important you slow down, heed warning signs, and stay alert.

Distracted driving

Distracted driving occurs nearly 10% more in the summer than in other seasons. Stow your phone, know your route beforehand, keep pets and children safe in the backseat and avoid making calls to family or friends when you know they’re driving.


Hot weather can cause vehicles to overheat and break down. Inspect your coolant system, radiator, and pressure cap to make sure they’re in good condition. Consider bringing extra coolant, oil, and liquids with you, especially if you’re driving to a remote location.

Drunk Driving

Drunk driving is always a problem, but especially during the summer holidays. Never drink and drive. If you plan on drinking, bring a sober designated driver or find another way home.

Have a Plan

Abiding by safe driving tips can help you and others stay safe on the road during the summer months. For answers to additional questions about safe summer driving, contact Bates Hewett & Floyd Insurance Agency.