| Tips and Tricks

summer driving safety

Summer is the season for driving, but because it’s the season for driving, it comes with some precautions you need to take. Whether you’re driving 30 minutes or several days, make sure you remember these tips from our fuel card company:

Watch for Motorcyclists

Summer is the season for motorcycles and while they may be easy to hear, they may not be as easy to see. Keep your eyes out for motorcyclists – double-check your blind spots and oncoming traffic before you turn. Remember to share the road.

Move Over for Vehicles on the Shoulder

Whether you’re passing someone pulled over for car trouble or pulled over by a police officer, it’s important to move over as you pass. If you’re on a two-lane road, pull into the other lane until you’re well past the situation. If you’re on a one-lane road, slow down and hug the opposite shoulder as you pass. This ensures both their safety and yours.

Be Cautious When It Starts to Rain

Roads are most dangerous at the beginning of a rainstorm; when water falls onto the road, it mixes with the oils and dirt that are sitting on top and creates a slick top layer. Drive extra careful during this time, as it takes about 30 minutes to wash away the oil and dirt. Also, don’t use cruise control when it’s raining – it can increase your chances of hydroplaning.

Check Your Tires

Heat can do a number on tires. Not only can it cause extra wear and tear, but hot air can also inflate your tires and make you more prone to blowouts. Check your tires on a regular basis to make sure they’re still in good shape and at the proper PSI level.

Stay Hydrated

Even if you have air conditioning in your car or truck, hot summer days can take a toll on you. Make sure you stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water and stay energized with healthy snacks like dried fruits and nuts. Avoid drinks with lots of caffeine or sugar, as they can have the opposite effect.

Sleep If You Need To

Driving while fatigued is highly dangerous to both you and the other drivers on the road. If you find yourself getting tired, don’t try to fight through it. Instead, pull over to a safe area and take a nap. It’s better to be late to where you’re going than to not get there at all.

Have an Emergency Kit

You never know what could happen on the road – especially if you’re driving long distances. Keep an emergency kit with you that includes a first-aid kit, reflective warning signs, non-perishable foods, water, jumper cables, a flashlight, a mini tool kit, and a blanket, just to name a few.

Make Deliveries Faster

If you want to save time during your summer deliveries, make sure you have a fuel card from Fuel Express. We can help you map out the best routes to your destinations and make sure you fuel up quickly and easily at virtually any gas station in the country.