Tips for Driving Through Mississippi This Summer
Biloxi doesn’t have a “real” winter like most of the United States, but it does get colder, and people are less inclined to go for a drive when it gets darker earlier. But now the summer months are here and more people will be taking trips, both in and out of Mississippi. More drivers on the road means a higher risk of a car accident, but you can still take several steps to ensure you have a fun and safe summer.
Tips for Before You Hit The Road
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration offers quite a bit of advice for safe summer driving, starting with what you should do even before you get in the car.
First, do a quick search online for your year, make, and model to see if there have been any recalls. This is uncommon, but it’s easy to check for, and could save you a lot of trouble if there’s something you need to take care of now. Best of all, manufacturers typically cover the entire cost of any recall-related repairs.
Next, even if your car is running fine, take it to a mechanic for a tune-up and preventative maintenance. Just changing the battery or getting new tires could be the difference between an uneventful trip and being stuck on the side of the road for six hours.
Finally, just in case your car breaks down, stock it with essentials such as a first aid kit, flares, a flashlight, and water, in case you do get stuck somewhere for a while and there isn’t a service station anywhere nearby.
Safety Tips While Driving
The nice thing about summer driving is that there’s virtually no chance of hitting a patch of ice and ending up in a ditch. However, summer driving does pose is its own unique challenges.
The nicer weather means a lot more pedestrians could be out. Remember to observe the speed limit in areas where people tend to gather, particularly if children are present.
Because of the better road conditions, summer is also the prime season for motorcycles and bicyclists to take to the roads of Mississippi. As riders can be much smaller than cars, remember to pay extra close attention if you see them on the road. Also, put extra space between yourself and motorcycles as they can stop much more quickly than cars and trucks.
Finally, because of the sunnier weather, remember to keep your windshield clean and unobstructed so that the sun doesn’t blind you while driving.
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A car accident can be among the most traumatic experiences of your life. If you’re seriously injured, you’ll need money to pay for your medical bills, not to mention repairing damage to your vehicle. But an attorney can help. If you or a loved one has recently been involved in a car accident in the Biloxi area, an experienced Mississippi personal injury attorney at the Law Offices of Judy Guice can review your case. Contact our office today for a free initial consultation.