With summer just around the corner, many people are already thinking of the ways they will spend their time during the warmer temperatures. Road trips, bike rides, playing hockey in the streets – or just going outside for a walk are all common summer activities.

These activities can easily affect driving conditions during the summer months. Warmer weather generally means more traffic on the road – and not just cars. To make sure you don’t forget what to look for on the road during sunny days, we’ve complied a helpful list of tips.

As outlined on the Canadian Automobile Association website, there are many helpful tips to keep your car in good working order to optimize your driving safety. Much of the list focuses on car maintenance – such as braking, engine safety and general upkeep – that are essential to make sure your car is road ready for the warmer temperatures. However, there are a couple of other safety factors you may want to consider while driving in the summer months:

Sunny reflections: The summer sun will be much sharper during rush hour. It’s important to make sure your visibility is optimized. Leave plenty of space between cars if your vision is obstructed by glare. Put your sunglasses on ahead of time before you start driving (and be sure to always have a pair on you or in the car).
More people, more foot traffic: With the school year finished, children are more likely to be playing outdoors. People may be outside later, walking during dusk. Road trips, evening plans and sunlight lasting later and later into the evening are just a few of the reasons there may be more people out sharing the roadways at intersections while you’re behind the wheel. Drive slowly in residential areas. Make sure your brakes are in good working order. Always check your mirrors.
While these measures are not guaranteed to prevent accidents or collisions, they can help you reduce the likelihood of accidents occurring. If you have been injured in a motor vehicle accident, consult with a personal injury lawyer to discover what options you may pursue for compensation benefits.