Alert
Close

You could save thousands with the AARP Auto Buying Program. Learn more

Life Reimagined $10,000 Sweepstakes

 

 

Introducing RealPad by AARP

 

 

AARP Auto Buying Program

 

 

African American woman looking at her computer

 

 

You and Your Town Contest-You could win an AARP RealPad

 

 

 

 

America's Winter Escapes Sweepstakes

 

 

FREE FUN!

AARP Games - Play Now!

Contests and
Sweeps

Safe Driving in 2014 Sweepstakes

Learn how AARP Driver Safety can help you stay safe—and enter for a chance to win $1,000. See official rules. 

Home & Transportation
Resources

AARP Driver Safety

Retraining courses and counseling. Go

Home Fit Guide

How to make your house a home — for life. Go

Housing and Mobility Publications

Free booklets on home modification, design and transportation options. Go

 

Viewed

Summer Driving Tips

Summer usually means vacation time and hot weather conditions.

Summer usually means vacation time and hot weather conditions. To keep yourself safe and cool on the roads, follow these summer driving safety tips:

  1. The summer sun can create dangerously hot temperatures in your vehicle: Be sure to check that your air-conditioning system is functioning properly before traveling. Do not leave pets or children waiting in a car.

  2. Summer temperatures can wreak havoc on your vehicle: Before you head out on the road, especially for a long trip, be sure to have your car serviced and inspected for safety.

  3. Check your fluid levels: That means check the oil, transmission, coolant, brake, power-steering and windshield fluids.

  4. If planning a road trip, get up-to-date maps: Also, share your travel itinerary with friends and family.

  5. When packing for a trip, don't exceed your car's payload capacity: Your owner's manual has information about the maximum weight of all cargo and passengersyour vehicle can safely carry.

  6. Make sure your tires are properly inflated: In hot summer months, for every 10-degree Fahrenheit increase in air temperature, tire pressure increases approximately one pound.

  7. Use caution around road-construction projects: Warm weather increases road construction work. Safely navigate through construction zones, obey all signs and watch for pedestrians and work vehicles.

  8. When parked, use a sun shield beneath the windshield: A shield will keep the car's interior heat to a minimum and protect your vehicle's interior surfaces.

  9. The end of summer signals the start of school. Be familiar with school zones, and get into the habit of noticing where school zones and crosswalks are on the roads you generally take.

Also of interest: Quiz: Are you a smart driver?

Topic Alerts

You can get weekly email alerts on the topics below. Just click “Follow.”

Manage Alerts

Processing

Please wait...

progress bar, please wait

Tell Us WhatYou Think

Please leave your comment below.

Discounts & Benefits

From companies that meet the high standards of service and quality set by AARP.

member benefit discount freestyle motorcycle

AARP® Motorcycle Insurance Program by Foremost offers members diminishing deductible.

zipcar car service member discount

Members save 33% on an annual Zipcar membership and get a $40 driving credit.

Train at station, Vacations by Rail (Vacations by Rail)

Members save on worldwide rail vacations, tours and train tickets with Vacations By Rail.

Member Benefits

Join or renew today! Members receive exclusive member benefits & affect social change.

Featured Groups

Clutter Challenge

ATM Clutter Challenge

Ready to get organized, once and for all? Use this group as a resource. They're determined, and they're funny, too. Discuss

Live 2 Quilt

Ask questions, chat with others, join a block swap, and post your pictures in our quilting forum. Join