Keep yourself safe from accidents this summer

More families leaving for vacation increases your risk of getting into an accident

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – Whether it’s a day trip or a week-long getaway, many families tend to travel a lot during summer months.

But before you head out, you should be aware of summer driving risks.

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, July had the highest number of deadly car accidents in 2012. August and June ranked second and third.

Having more cars and motorcycles on the road and summer heat causing tires to expand can lead to serious accidents.

22News is working for you with some safety tips if you plan to drive as part of your summer vacation:

  • Check your tires on a regular basis. Hot weather causes the air inside your tires to expand.
  • Check the car battery and plugs for any signs of corrosion
  • Inspect the belts and hoses, and replace them if necessary
  • Make sure the windshield wiper blades are not dried out

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