Summer months tend to bring out road trippers. Whether you are visit Napa Valley, Bodega Bay, Half Moon Bay or other Bay Area attractions, it is important to keep a focus on safety while you are behind the wheel. To cut down on summer accidents, we offer the following tips.
TEXTING – NO!
Texting while driving is not only against the law, it is extremely dangerous. Nine Americans are killed every day in accidents caused by a texting driver.
KEEP YOUR HANDS ON THE WHEEL
It is against the law to use handheld cellphones while driving. California allows the utilization of a hands free component, such as blue tooth devices, for your cell phone. However, you must be over the age of 18 to use a hands free device while operating a motor vehicle.
SOBER DRIVING ONLY
Never get behind the wheel after having too much alcohol. Assign a designated driver at the beginning of your evening, call a friend for a ride, or hail a taxi, UBER or Lyft.
GET YOUR REST
Make sure you are rested when you climb behind the wheel, especially when it comes to road trips and driving vacations. When you feel tired, pull over in a safe place and take a nap.
Pay close attention to the side effects of your medications and if in doubt steer clear of operating a motor vehicle. Heavy medications and driving is dangerous and doing so puts yourself and others in danger, so get another person to drive you.
WATCH OUT FOR SPECIAL POPULATIONS
Being aware of everything around you while you are driving is very important. Paying special attention to pedestrians, bicyclists, skateboarders, children, animals and elderly drivers is especially important. Give them the right of way at intersections, crosswalks and bicycle lanes. When you see an elderly driver who is driving slower than you’d prefer, slow down and have patience.
WATCH OUT FOR MOTORCYCLES
The number of motorcyclists, mopeds and motorized pedestrians rises during the summer months so always to double and triple check for others as you change lanes, open your vehicle door, back up or enter an intersection.
EATING WHILE DRIVING
It is very important to have full control of your vehicle, with both hands on the wheel, while you are driving. Therefore, eating and drinking while driving is highly discouraged. Also, you won’t have to deal with cleanup from drink spillage.
KEEP YOUR WINDOWS CLEAN
Dirty windows are difficult to see through. Wash your car windows for clear visibility and add water repellant to make your driving easier.
ADDRESS YOUR BLIND SPOTS
Remember the very first thing your driving instructor taught you to do when you got into the drivers seat? Adjusting your mirrors and removing as many blind spots as possible so you can see all the way around your vehicle keeps everyone safe on the road.
If you do happen to get into an accident, in spite of your extra safety precautions, Precision Paint and Collision is here to restore your vehicle and get you back on the road quickly.
Precision Paint and Collision has a tremendous amount to offer its customers and its community by providing quality customer care. With over 40 years of service in the San Francisco Bay Area, we have the record to prove it. Stop by or give us a call today to see how we can assist you.
Precision Paint & Collision
1932 Arnold Industrial Place
Concord, CA 94520
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Saturday by appointment