One of the most common ways to commute between locations is to travel by car. When traveling by car, it is important to drive carefully, and to know the precautions you take during the seasons of winter and summer that share some commonalities but also, some differences.
During the winter and summer months it is imperative to stay alert. To do this, it means keeping the eyes on the road and being aware of the surrounding environment. To make sure one is paying attention not to just you’re driving, but to other driver’s on the road as well, which is driving defensively, it is important to either turn off one’s cell phone or use a hands-free device. Also, texting should be forbidden, as should driving after drinking. When driving it is important to leave enough space between your vehicle and the one in front of you. In terms of maintenance it is important to make sure that the car is up to date on its inspection and oil change schedule.
During the winter and summer months driving safely is very important, yet the safety precautions are somewhat different. To drive safely in the winter, one must understand how to drive in snowy and icy conditions. This means reducing the speed limit and coasting with the foot on the brake pedal. Additionally, if one’s state permits using chains on tires, this can be useful to increase tire to road friction. In the summer months, it is important to make sure that one does not speed and overheat their vehicle. Following the speed limit is a must, and during rainstorms it is essential to reduce speed, turn on the headlights and windshield wipers.
No matter the season, driving should be considered a responsibility and should be taken seriously. Following the ‘rules of the road’ and remaining alert to other drivers is essential to practicing good driving habits.