1. Summer sun
We all enjoy some sun but when you are driving, it can be a nuisance. Make sure you have a pair of sunglasses in your car at all times that you can wear to help minimize sun glare and protect your eyes from harmful ultraviolet radiation. Use your car’s sun visor to help block the sun from you and your front passenger’s view. If you are finding the sun to be much too bright and difficult to drive in, pull over for 20 or 30 minutes until the sun has finished rising or setting below the horizon.
2. Hot temperatures
If you leave your car parked in direct sunlight on a scorching hot day, chances are the inside of your car will feel like sauna. To help cool it off, you can either open the car windows and let some fresh air in or turn on the AC. It’s also a good idea to have a cold water bottle handy, especially on long summer drives to keep yourself hydrated.
3. Car maintenance
Before you make big summer driving plans, be sure to have your vehicle inspected. It’s important to check your car’s fluid levels, radiator, tires, brakes and AC. Be sure your car has enough room on the road trip for an emergency kit. It’s best to be prepared for any possible driving scenario.
4. Watch out for children
With another school year finished, children will be outside enjoying the summer weather. Drive carefully through any residential areas where children may be playing and could unpredictably run on to the road.
5. Congested roads
More vehicles tend to be on the road during summer and with more vehicles come traffic jams. Remain calm, adapt to road conditions and drive with care. Be on the lookout for tourist drivers who may not be as familiar with roads in the area.
6. Construction season
Along with traffic jams, be prepared for construction on the roads. Summers in Canada are often associated with construction. Be sure to approach any construction zones with caution, slow down and follow all warning signs and people directing the flow of traffic through the area. Before you drive, you can check for any possible road closures online or on the news to save you some time on your route.
7. Sharing the road
Besides more cars on the road during summer, you will be required to share the road with more bicycles and motorcycles. Be prepared and pay attention to your mirrors and blind spots to locate them.
1. Don’t leave the car window or sunroof open
When the temperatures start to rise, we all like to roll down our car windows and open the sunroof to feel a cool breeze coming through. It’s important to remember when parking that you roll up the windows and close the sunroof to make it more difficult for a thief to unlock your vehicle. If you are concerned about your car becoming too hot, try to park in a shade covered area.
2. Keep valuables out of sight
If you happen to leave the window cracked, make sure you take all important valuables with you. If a car thief spots a cellphone, tablet or wallet inside your car, chances are they will do whatever it takes to get those high-cost items. It’s also a good idea to avoid leaving any ID in a vehicle like your driver’s license or car registration.
3. Don’t leave the engine running
Some drivers tend to leave the engine running when they are doing quick errands or sprinting back into their homes when they have forgotten something. It’s generally a good rule to not let your engine run unless there’s someone else in the car who can act as a lookout. On a hot day, leaving your engine running will provide air conditioning inside your car, but it is also an easy way to have your car stolen.
4. Park in a well-lit area
When parking your vehicle, look for a spot under bright lights. This can help decrease the chances of your vehicle getting stolen. Car thieves do not want to get caught, so they will target another car that is less visible. Parking near a security camera or building entrance can also assist in preventing car theft.
5. Install antitheft devices
A car alarm is a good precaution, however, there are other more effective antitheft devices available. Steering wheel locks and ignition disablers can help ward off car theft. To go a step further, you can look into getting an auto immobilizer. This requires a key with a security code feature to start the car. No matter what antitheft device you have, you may be eligible to save money on your auto insurance.
6. Drive a manual car
Owning a manual vehicle can help prevent car theft. Driving stick shift is not as popular as it used to be. If a car thief does not know how to drive a manual vehicle, they can become discouraged and look for another vehicle that’s easier to steal instead.