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June 30, 2011

Safe Summer Driving

By: Heather @ 11:56 am

Westmount Moving Promotes Safe Driving

While wintertime is seen as the most dangerous time to be on the roads, along with the heat, summertime brings driving hazards as well. At Westmount Moving, we promote safe driving to ensure a safe and successful summer. All of our drivers have been provided with these simple tips and reminders.

These summer driving tips are important for all of us to keep in mind as we are on the road.

  • Watch for children. With school out for the summer time, extra caution must be used in residential areas and around playgrounds. When children are playing, their attention is not on safety and they may unexpectedly dart into traffic.
  • Obey all traffic laws. Always stay within the speed limit and maintain a safe following distance. The faster you drive and the closer you follow, the more difficult it will be to avoid an incident ahead.
  • Watch for tourists. Tourists present a roadway hazard because they don’t always know how to get where they are going. Watch for motorists who are distracted or reading maps and be prepared for sudden stops or last-minute course changes.
  • Obey all traffic laws. Always stay within the speed limit and maintain a safe following distance. The faster you drive and the closer you follow, the more difficult it will be to avoid an incident ahead.
  • Avoid distractions. Inattentive driving plays a significant role in many accidents. Safe driving demands full attention so avoid distractions while driving such as eating, reading and the use of cell phones or other electronic devices.
  • Wear seat belts. Seat belts save lives and should be worn even on short trips.
  • Exercise extra caution in Work Zones. Slow down, increase your following distance and stay alert.
  • Plan your trip and allow extra time. Leave early and expect delays so you can reach your destination on time.
  • Be patient. Most importantly, be courteous, patient and expect the unexpected!
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