Traffic Tip: Be more alert during summer driving

By David Brogger
June 23, 2013 at 1:23 a.m.

This week's traffic tip regards to driving in the summer.

Driving safety tips are applicable all year round, but in the summer, there are some special safety issues that should be kept in mind. These and more traffic safety tips can be found online by going to and clicking on the link.

Watch out for children and pedestrians in the road. During the summer, more children will be playing in the streets, and people will be out cycling, skating or walking.

Pay attention to stress and fatigue. The additional heat in summer and traffic delays can make you feel more tired and less alert than usual.

Look out for road constructions and detours as most road construction takes place during the summer.

Get your car tuned and serviced. All fluids, such as coolant, brake and power steering, should be checked and topped off.

Change belts, hoses and wiper blades. Heat and humidity can deteriorate rubber.

Optimize tire pressure. Be sure to check your car manual for optimum pressure level. Use seasonal tires if possible.

Keep drinks and healthy snacks in your car when going on long drives or if you expect delays on the road.

If you are going on long trips, take regular rest stops or take a break when you stop for fuel.

Keep a first-aid safety kit in your car. Make sure the contents of the box have fresh supplies.

The Victoria Police Department Traffic Safety Unit invites citizens to inform us of any traffic issues that you observe. The easiest way to do this is go to our website,, then go to the VPD Customer Service Request tab in the center of the page and follow the directions.

If you have a traffic law question, contact Senior Police Officer David Brogger, Victoria Po lice Department Traffic Safety Unit, 361-485-3700.



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