RVs, Motorcycles, and Bicycles: Road Safety Tips for Summer 

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RVs, Motorcycles, and Bicycles: Road Safety Tips for Summer 

Road traffic increases in the summer, and it’s not only by the total number of vehicles – it’s also by the type of vehicles! New and veteran drivers’ alike should take heed of our summer driving safety reminders to avoid accidents that could raise their insurance premiums. Whether it’s driving near RVs, classic cars, motorcycles, trailers carrying boats, or bicycles, follow these road safety tips for summer from Staples & Associates

Keep Auto Insurance Premiums Down by Driving Safely 

Drive defensively to protect your premiums from rising this summer! Anticipating the actions of other drivers, and knowing what to expect for summer driving can help you and your loved ones avoid accidents. 

  • RVs Need Space and Time to Slow Down: Give RVs a wide berth when passing them and in situations where they need to decrease their speed. The weight and size of an RV make it difficult to drive, and sometimes, the drivers are not accustomed to or are tired from traveling. If you own an RV, learn more about Staples & Associates’ RV insurance
  • Look Twice for Motorcycles: Accidents happen in the blink of an eye! Motorcycles come in many shapes and sizes, from large tricycles to small, short motorbikes that may be difficult to hear and see. When changing lanes, always signal and double-check for motorcycles near you. Learn about motorcycle insurance.
  • Anyone Can Drive a U-Haul: Many people like college students and those with second residences, relocate in the summer months to enjoy the warm weather and for seasonal living. Always remember that it takes no special qualifications or licenses to drive a moving trailer or large box truck. Be on the lookout for those drivers on the road, as they may not be accustomed to driving those larger vehicles. 
  • Summer Cyclists are All Ages and Abilities: From toddlers with training wheels on your home street to vacationing elderly cyclists on scooters, take extra care in the summer months to watch for anyone on a bicycle, electric scooter, roller skates, or skateboards. With more people out and about, leave extra time to allow cyclists to maneuver the roads with you. 
  • Check Tire Pressure Regularly: High temperatures can increase your tire pressure. Check it often to ensure extreme pressure won’t cause a tire to blow out on the road.
  • Stay Alert in Construction Zones: The increase in road work in the summer often feels like an insult to injury! With more cars on the road, traffic caused by construction can cause delays. Check your route ahead of time and remember to stay vigilant in work zones. 
  • Limit Distractions: Smartphones have many features that can help you focus on driving, rather than texting or updating your playlist. Try out features that disengage your phone when it’s in a vehicle traveling at a high speed, automated text messages, or simply, put your phone in the backseat to avoid temptation. 
  • Keep Water and Supplies in Your Trunk: We’ve all had moments when we’re underprepared. Don’t let the unexpected take you by surprise this summer, especially if you’re traveling with pets or kids. Water is important in case your car overheats, as well as, for drinking and washing wounds. Extra clothes, a First Aid Kit, food, and sun protection can be a savior on long drives or unexpected emergencies. 
  • Be Wary of Summer Storms: Extreme weather events are growing in prevalence across the nation. Tune in on your car radio during drives to check in on local weather, and have alerts set up on your phone, even if it’s just for the summer. If there’s potential for flash flooding, don’t drive. 
  • Take Your Time: You only get so many summers, and only a few months of the year are warm enough to have the car windows down. Slow down when you’re driving and enjoy the ride! The beach will be there whenever you arrive, even if it’s ten minutes later than hoped. 

Staples & Associates offers insurance for many types of vehicles, from boats and personal watercraft to classic cars, ATVs, and motorcycles. Learn more or contact an agent to get an estimate for your vehicle. And, drive safely this summer!

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