Did you know that most accidents in BC occur during the summer? Therefore, you must exercise extreme caution during this time. Here are some driving tips and steps you can take to protect yourself while driving for the remainder of the summer.
Maintain tire condition
With the increased temperatures, tyre blowouts are more common. Before setting out on your summer adventure, check that your tires are properly inflated and that the threading is still intact. Ensure that your spare is also in good working condition. You are far less likely to have a blowout if your tires are in tip-top shape.
Avoid driving under the influence
If you’re planning to party and drink, ensure that there is a designated driver. Driving under the influence of alcohol impairs judgement and creates dangerous driving conditions. Given the new legalization of the use of marijuana, drivers should also be cautioned against operating a motor vehicle after using this herb.
If you are under the influence of any substance, including marijuana, it is illegal to operate your vehicle. So, before you enjoy alcohol or cannabis, establish who will be the designated driver in your group. If you’re travelling alone, take a taxi or use a dedicated driver service. Whatever you do, do not get behind the wheel of a car.
During summer, higher temperatures can lead to heat exhaustion. Extreme heat exhaustion can lead to a driver being rendered unconscious at the wheel. It is important to remain hydrated to prevent heat exhaustion. Drinking a lot of water will help your body to regulate its temperature. You may also try sports drinks with added electrolytes.
Impaired vision due to the glare of the sun is a common cause of accidents. In the summer, drivers should wear sunglasses, specialized driving glasses, or use their overhead visors to block the rays of the sun.
Be mindful of summer allergies
Allergy flare-ups are quite frequent in the summer, given the increased pollen in the air. These flare-ups can cause a runny nose, and watery eyes as well as congestion which makes driving uncomfortable. Watery eyes can also obstruct vision which can lead to collisions.
If your allergies become active in the summer, take the necessary medicine to counteract the symptoms. However, you must be sure that whatever allergy medicine you choose has a non-drowsy formula. Drowsy allergy medication can lead to an even more dire situation if you should fall asleep behind the wheel.
After you’ve taken the necessary driving tips and steps you’ve met in an accident, what should you do?
Even after taking the necessary precautions and driving tips to prevent an accident, there is no guarantee that you won’t be in a collision. If you’ve met in an accident and need a personal injury lawyer in Surrey to help with an ICBC accident claim, contact us at Nirwan Law Corporation.
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