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How to drive safely this summer

On Behalf of | Jun 13, 2022 | Personal Injury

The summer months in Alabama typically feature warm and dry weather. While this may make it easier for your vehicles to handle the road, it doesn’t mean that there aren’t other hazards that you need to be aware of. Let’s go over a few best practices that can minimize your risk of getting into a crash this summer.

Make sure to protect your eyes from the sun’s rays

The months of June, July and August feature the longest days of the year, and this means that you will likely be driving when the sun is shining. Wearing sunglasses may make it easier to see, and it’s especially important to do so when driving during the early morning or late evening hours. These are typically the times of the day when the sun’s glare is especially difficult to deal with. If you don’t have sunglasses, you can minimize glare by lowering the visor.

Never drive after consuming alcohol

The risk of a motor vehicle accident increases significantly if you try to operate a car or truck while under the influence of alcohol. Driving while impaired may make it harder to process information, maintain your lane or otherwise remain in control of your vehicle. It’s also never a good idea to drive while under the influence of drugs or while fatigued.

The heat can be tough on your vehicle

It’s important to ensure that you don’t drive too aggressively when it’s hot outside. During extremely hot conditions, your car can quickly overheat if you drive too fast or in an irregular fashion. The heat may also have a negative effect on your tires and other vehicle components.

If you are involved in an accident caused by another driver, you may be entitled to compensation. Depending on the facts of your case, multiple parties may be liable for damages. Photos, videos and other types of evidence may be used to prove that the defendant’s negligence resulted in financial loss.