Summer is right around the corner and that means hot weather, sunshine, and of course, road trips. Regardless of where you live, summer is the perfect time to hit the highways and back roads to take in stunning scenery and visit family and friends. And even though you don’t have to contend with below zero windchills and driving snow, this beautiful time of year still has its own set of driving challenges. We are going to outline four tips that will help keep you safe while you are traveling this summer.

Healthy car, healthy trip

Before planning your next road trip, schedule an appointment to have your vehicle inspected by a professional mechanic. Primarily, ensure your tires and brakes are prepared for the increased mileage you’ll be logging while seeing your favorite sights and people. A good mechanic will check your battery, fluids, and other mechanical areas so your car will get you to your destination without any hiccups.

Be aware of increased traffic

You’re not the only one taking advantage of the gorgeous summer weather, so be ready to drive in crowded conditions. As a safe driver, that means focusing on the road and not fiddling with your radio and, most importantly, your smartphone. Allow a passenger to program destinations into your GPS and ignore texts and other notifications until you can pull over or park to check them. One more thing to keep in mind: teen drivers will also be on the increase. The addition of young, inexperienced drivers should prompt you to remain extra vigilant while traveling this summer.

Watch for bicycles and motorcycles

This is good advice for any time of year, but when the weather clears up and the temperature soars, it inspires bicyclists and motorcycle enthusiasts to hit the streets. When you are driving your car, truck, or SUV, be aware of the increased two-wheeled vehicle presence by checking your mirrors and paying extra attention when switching lanes.

Be prepared

Contrary to popular belief, a survival kit is not just for winter. Regardless of your destination, be prepared by having a fully stocked first-aid kit, drinking water, phone charger, and booster cables. Take the time to make a list of items that will come in handy if you break down in an area where help may be hours away.

Now you’re ready to venture out and enjoy the summer weather. Map out your destinations and have a fun, safe time traveling the country during this gorgeous time of year.