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Ah..Summer…But Deadly for Fleets

June 12, 2018

The summer months of June to August have 29% more traffic deaths than the winter months of December to February, as per NHTSA studies. The deadliest months, with an average daily toll of 116, are July and August. June and October show the next highest number of fatalities as per the study by Insurance Inst. for Highway Safety (IIHS). Enough reason to take timely steps to prevent damage to your fleet and personnel.

June to August have 29% more traffic deaths than December to February (NHTSA studies).
July and August have an average daily toll of 116 (IIHS Studies).

Inspection checklist for safe summer driving
Preparation for fleet safety in summer

It’s a season when drivers will feel thirsty more often. However, it’s best not to quench one’s thirst while at the wheel. Speaking of cans, it’s wiser not to store a canned deodorant in the cabin, as these things can explode on a particularly hot day.

Though it should be very obvious, it has to be reiterated that there be an emergency kit in the vehicle. The kit should have a pressure gauge for checking tires, a wrench, a flashlight, a first aid kit, and windshield wiper fluid. It’s summer so the cooling system will matter all the more—check if it has been flushed with a recommended coolant.

Melters in the swelter

Other things that have to withstand the temperature test in summers—the belts and hoses. The driver should inspect all of them to check for any bulges or cracks in the rubber. They wear out in summer, so replace any ageing ones. Likewise, wiper blades are affected by heat and need to be inspected on both sides for wear and tear. The heat could also cause them to lose their shape, so if they look suspect, simply replace them.

Let’s run through the rest of the inspection checklist for safe summer driving.

Summers are when tire blowout is possible when you are going quite fast on a hot road. So it’s good to inspect all the tires at the season’s beginning to see if there are any cracks or bulges and if the treads are deep enough. It’s important to ensure the inflation is just right at the start of every trip.

Mandatory for safe summer driving

If your vehicle is over 5 years old, it can develop battery problems. So it’s best to test the battery annually after the third year. Some of the other things that need a check—the power steering, and all the lights including interior lights and signals.

Don’t forget the right mix of engine coolant and water, because the summer scorch takes its toll on the engine.