Summer Driving Safety [Infographic]
Summer vacation season means more individuals and families setting out on road trips of all kinds. Statistics indicate that distracted driving from phone use occurs most frequently during the summer; nearly 10 percent more than any other time of year. This summer, consider how you can avoid distraction and stay focused on the road.
Check out all our guides and tips for your summer road trips, including how you pack your car, what to bring in your roadside emergency kit, and where kids and pets should sit. All these valuable tools can help ensure you will reach your destination safely.
SUMMER DRIVING SAFETY
DISTRACTED DRIVING INCREASES IN SUMMER
NEARLY 10% MORE DISTRACTED DRIVING OCCURS IN SUMMER THAN ANY OTHER SEASON1
Stay Focused and Safe
- STOW YOUR PHONE
Turn oﬀ the phone or put it in “do not disturb” mode to help remove the temptation to use it.
- KNOW YOUR ROUTE
Have a passenger program your navigation system or enter your destination before you start driving.
- CREATE ZONES FOR KIDS AND PETS
Secure pets and children safely in the back seat.
ON AVERAGE, DRIVERS ARE DISTRACTED FOR ALMOST 15 MINUTES OF EVERY HOUR OF ROAD TIME DURING SUMMER2
- DON’T BE A SOURCE OF DISTRACTION
Avoid calling or texting family and friends when you know they are driving.
- SET A GOOD EXAMPLE
Parents can model good behavior for their children by demonstrating attentive driving.
- VOW NOT TO MULTITASK
Avoid eating, grooming or calling someone while behind the wheel. Of course, never text and drive.
OTHER SUMMER ROAD TRIP TIPS
- TUNE UP BEFORE HEADING OUT
Inspect tires, brakes, lights and ﬂuids.
- PACK SAFE
Evenly distribute weight and keep a clear line of sight.
- READY YOUR ROOF RACK
Watch your vehicle height and rack weight limits.
KNOW WHAT TO DO WHEN IT COMES TO SUMMER TRAVEL
SHARE THIS INFOGRAPHIC WITH YOUR FAMILY, FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS TO HELP THEM #THINKSAFE.
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TrueMotion, the leading smartphone telematics platform, analyzed the driving behavior of 20,000+ drivers over 8.4 million trips using its free distracted driving mobile app, TrueMotion Family, from January 2017 through May 2018. The company collects smartphone sensor data and uses machine learning to determine when a person is driving and if he or she is actively distracted texting, making phone calls or using apps like Facebook versus passively distracted with apps for music and maps.
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