For all the joys of summer, it’s also prime time to be aware of travel safety—the stretch from Memorial Day through Labor Day has become known over the years as the “100 Deadliest Days” on the road. With school out and vacation season in, daily family routines shift and folks take to the highways for exciting trips to less familiar destinations. Our newest teen drivers are more likely to be out and about for recreation rather than headed directly to school or home, and increased overall traffic including bikers and pedestrians makes for a more hazardous journey for us all.
The Philpot family cares about yours, and it’s our desire to help promote a safe and secure travel environment in our shared community every day of the year, but especially right now. Here are a few rules of thumb for ensuring the 100 days of summer leave behind only the happiest memories:
- Always be mindful of children, especially now that school is out of session.
- Bicycling interest is quickly growing in the Upstate. If you’re biking, dress for the activity by wearing the proper attire. When you’re driving, keep a careful eye out, and watch for motorcyclists and pedestrians too.
- Distracted driving can be caused by more than a cellphone. Changing radio stations, using a GPS, applying makeup, or eating a burger can also cause a driver to drift. And don’t forget that texting while driving is illegal.
- Drive defensively; be ready for anything.
- Always wear a seatbelt, and don’t put the car in drive till your passengers buckle theirs.
- Be prepared to be safe: Make sure your car is in good working order, including wipers, blinkers and lights; program your phone with emergency numbers; leave a little early so you don’t get in a rush.
As you take the wheel or are a passenger, if you or a family member become the injured party from a negligent or reckless driver, call the Philpot Law Firm. Make it a summer to look back on fondly, and remember, we’re here if you need us!
South Carolina Department of Public Safety: https://scdps.sc.gov/news/2019/051319b