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Summer Road Trips and Accidents in Minnesota

Summer is the time of the year that most people and families look forward to, and why not? Everybody plans a vacation and there is just so much to do and so much fun to be had. Unfortunately, in the midst of all the excitement, the concern for safety on the road often takes a backseat and this is when things start taking a turn for the worse.

Before you hit the road, schedule regular maintenance such as tune-ups, oil changes, battery checks, and tire rotations. This can go a long way toward preventing breakdowns. If your vehicle has not been serviced recently, schedule a preventive maintenance check-up with your mechanic before you leave.

When you hit the road, there are plenty of things to be mindful of when taking those summer road trips. Motorcycles are out there in full force. The roads are filled with more than just cars and it is important that we watch out for each other. Make sure you are clear before you change lanes and be aware of what is around you.

Speeds increase when the roads are clear and the weather isn’t affecting the drive. Summer time may seem like a great time to open it up and enjoy the ride, but it also the time we see some of the worse collisions.


The sun's role in accidents

The sun plays a role. It is this time of year that we see collisions that involve people driving into the sun without seeing where they are going. You are not allowed to drive if you can’t see. This is no time to drive by feel.

Road construction is in full force. Make sure you slow down in work zones and stay wide of those who are in the orange vests. Minnesota is spending a lot of time promoting zip merging, which means you take your time and be aware of the other drivers.


The summer rain and accidents

Summer rains can be short, but they also can be deadly. It is important that your wipers are in good shape, that you have your headlights on, and that you don’t drive blind. Slow down and make sure you see where you are going.

Runners are out and about. It is important that you take extra care as you turn corners and cross running paths. Make sure that we see each other. The cyclists are out in full gear. While there are a number of riders who are out year around, it is clear that a lot more are out in the summer. Make sure you watch out as you pass and when you are near bike paths.

Kids are out of school and many of them are out playing near roads. It is important that we watch out for our little ones and that all drivers be on hyper alert as you drive through neighborhoods.

There are parties and events during the summer. It is unfortunately a time when people get on the road with too much to drink. It is never a good idea to drink and drive, but for all of us make sure you are always on alert.

Summer is a time to have fun, enjoy the outside, and be safe.









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