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Drive Safe This Summer

Summer is a time for vacations, celebrations, and family get-togethers–and a time for motorists to be extra careful wherever they might be traveling. Thankfully, cars are safer than ever. Features such as antilock brakes, air bags, and stability control have helped reduce the number of deaths and injuries caused by crashes. And high-tech amenities such as pre-collision braking systems and lane-departure warning systems can help drivers avoid crashes in the first place.

Still, there are many steps motorists can take to ensure a safe and enjoyable trip. For starters, wear your seat belt. This one precaution remains the most effective way to prevent death or injury in a car crash. Plus, it’s the law.

If you plan on driving in another state, familiarize yourself with local traffic laws prior to traveling. All 50 states have occupant protection laws for transporting children, but each state’s child passenger law is different. You are responsible for knowing the local rules, and you can be cited if you’re not in compliance. To find the law for another state, click on

In addition, remember that children should never be left alone in a vehicle–even for a second–because the interior can rapidly reach a life-threatening temperature. Even on days with temperatures as low as 60 degrees, an unattended child in a car can die from heatstroke.

Finally, if you plan to drive a long distance, make sure your car’s tires are properly inflated before you leave home. Tires are among the most important, yet most neglected, components of a car. Underinflated tires not only affect vehicle handling and control, but fuel economy. Of course, if you should get a flat, AAA Roadside Assistance is ready to help wherever you might be to get you on the road again and on your way to your destination.

Wherever you may go this summer, we wish you safe and happy travels.

Jim McGrath

July/August 2014 Issue

Jim McGrath

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