As you relish in the numbered days of Maryland’s summer, chances are you will be driving around to make memories. Whether you drive a few blocks down to take your family to the local park or a day trip to a museum or beach, you should keep safety in mind.

Having to deal with a car accident isn’t on anyone’s summer wish list. To prevent from the injury a car collision can cause, it’s important to keep in mind summer-specific safety tips to protect yourself, your passengers and those on the road with you.

Service your car

Regular maintenance all year long can save you from a car breakdown on the middle of your journey. In fact, two common results of improper maintenance in warmer months are a tire blowout and an overheated engine. Although a tune-up can be costly, especially if your car needs a lot of work done, it can save you from the inconvenience and dangers of a sudden car malfunction or breakdown.

Check the weather

Again, distractions can happen in any season, but a little extra caution with weather-related obstacles on the road can go a long way. For example, if you notice your car visor isn’t enough to block out the afternoon sun on your daily commute, then you could try keeping a pair of sunglasses in your car at all times. Or if you are planning a weekend road trip and there are storms on the forecast, then your safest option might be postponing the mini getaway.

Look out for smaller commuters

The summer time often brings more motorcyclists, bikers, and pedestrians outside. When people don’t always share the road with smaller, less-protected travelers, they can fall into bad habits like not slowing down as they approach crosswalks.

Summertime can serve as a reminder to be more cautious of all types of commuters you come across. You can do this by implementing more defensive driving habits into your routine. This can include leaving plenty of space between yourself and those you share the road with and using your mirrors to be aware of your surroundings well before turning or changing lanes.

There is room for everyone on the road this summer. But if you’ve fallen victim to a car accident, then a personal injury attorney can help you navigate the legal ins and outs of the recovery process.