Warmer weather and time off from school or work make summer a great time to hit the road, see the sights and travel places you have never been in search of a new adventure. However, summer driving in Missouri also comes with its own particular hazards.

The following tips, courtesy of AAA, can help you avoid accidents and enjoy the warm weather months on the road.

  1. Reduce glare

During the summer, the sun shines longer and gets higher in the sky. This can produce glare that can affect visibility while driving. Keeping your windshield clean and wearing sunglasses can help you reduce the glare.

  1. Choose appropriate footwear

Do not drive while wearing flip-flops. The flimsy soles and straps can become caught up under the pedals, which could lead to collision and injury.

  1. Be careful tying cargo to your vehicle roof

Make sure you tie it securely so it will not fall off. Check your route for any height restrictions. Find out the weight restriction that applies to your vehicle first and do not overload the roof.

  1. Do not eat and drive

Wait until you arrive at a campsite, rest area, hotel room, etc. before enjoying a meal or snack. Eating behind the wheel can be a dangerous distraction.

  1. Be prepared for emergencies

Carry extra water, food, first aid and sunscreen, as well as emergency automotive supplies like a tire gauge, booster cables, emergency flares and a basic toolkit.

The information in this article is not intended as legal advice but provided for educational purposes only.