Each season in St. Louis brings its own set of unique driving challenges and summer is no exception.
As the temperature begins to rise, there are more drivers and bicyclists on the road. This is the time when staying focused on the road and your surroundings is of the upmost importance in order to avoid an accident. If you or a family member are injured in a car accident, call our St. Louis car accident attorney.
Prepare Your Car For the Summer
Part of spring cleaning should always include a tune-up of your car. Missouri winters are rough on cars and you need to ensure that your tires, fluids, and brakes are all in perfect working order. One of the most important engine parts to inspect is the radiator and cooling system. Cars can overheat in the summer, and you do not want to be on the side of a St. Louis highway waiting for your radiator to cool down.
Do not forget about the windshield wipers in the summer. Late afternoon showers can take a driver by surprise, and without wipers that are in good working condition, will leave you blind on the road. Change out the blades if you notice that your wipers are leaving your windshield with streaks, rather than clearing it of unnecessary water.
Drunk Driving in the Summer
Drunk driving still plagues St. Louis roadways and drunk driving increases in the summer time. To reduce your risk of being struck by a drunk driver, stay off of the roads late Friday and Saturday nights. If you are out and notice a car that is being driven erratically, keep a safe distance and notify authorities immediately.
With vacation plans to make, barbecues to plan, and outings to the lake on your mind, it is easy to get distracted when driving during the summer. Remember to keep both eyes on the road and both hands on the wheel, with your full attention on what is happening around you. Texting and driving has become just as dangerous as drunk driving, so avoid the temptation by putting your phone out of sight when you drive. If you do have an important call or text to make, pull over onto the side of the road, take care of your personal business, and then put your focus back on the road.
If you do find yourself the victim of a car accident in St. Louis this summer, call The Hoffmann Law Firm, L.L.C. at (314) 361-4242 to help you file a claim for compensation.