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Tips for driving in summer

Summer is usually thought to be the most obvious time to do long travelling – whether by car or other forms of transportation. Yet, it’s not simply a matter of easy trave since travelling during potentially hot days comes with its own risks that we need to take precautions with; =we know to drive slower during rainy months, but most of us don’t really think about what to do during more extreme heat.

Travelling during hot days can be dangerous. Indeed, contrary to what many think, summer months are more dangerous than winter – at least in some parts of the world. For example, the Huffington Post, in 2014, reported on American roads.

“According to recent Department of Transportation data, summer — not winter as many might expect — is the most dangerous driving season. Eighteen percent more fatal accidents occurred during the summer months of June through August in 2012 compared to the winter months of December through February.

The reasons are, actually, rather mundane: increased traffic, road works and other obstructions. People are travelling more in summer, naturally, since most of us stay indoor and reduce our travel activity due to the cold. Fewer cars means fewer accidents and reasons to call roadside assistance – but summer means more.

Aside from that, summer is dangerous to us in terms of health – and if you health is affected, our ability to travel is, too.

To better travel around during summer, we should be wearing loose clothing. This means that it aids us when we enter and exit a vehicle.

Staying hydrated is essential; this is also true considering that we don’t know what kind of detours or traffic we might encounter. After all, being summer, this is when road closures to fix roads occur. This means being stuck in a hot car without warning. Keep a bottle of water on you. Of course, many have expressed scepticism and concern about drinking bottled water. As ATTN found out, it’s not as dire as many suspect.

“In general, we [International Bottled Water Association] don’t recommend storing water for the long term under any adverse conditions, such as exposure to direct sunlight, heat sources, and in areas where volatile chemicals, such as gasoline or cleaning materials, are stored. Another way to look at the question is to ask, ‘How would you store a bottle of juice, soda, or an energy drink?’

Thus while you certainly won’t get ill or die from bottled water left in the car, it’s better to perhaps replace it with tap water and use better storage devices or coolers in the car on a daily basis, during the summer months.

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