Bachman ChevroletTime to roll those windows down, crank up the tunes, and hit the road Jack. But before you head out, whether you plan to cruise serenely to the sound of John Denver’s “Country Road” or test the boundaries a bit while jamming to Bruce Springsteen’s “Born to be Wild,” take note of these Summer Safety Driving Tips from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) that can help keep you safe on the road regardless of your music preference.

Start your summer getaway trip with a little prevention and planning to avoid the frustrations of a breakdown or the serious consequences of a crash. Having some basic driving safety precautions in place can help engage the whole family in driving safety. Here are a few basics to begin with:

Buckle Up

Agree that everybody in your vehicle will buckle up every trip. Everyone aboard must wear their seatbelt every time they plan to ride in or drive your car. Wearing a seatbelt is the best defense against a crash.

Don’t Drink and Drive

Be responsible and don’t drink and drive. Did you know that every 51 minutes, someone in the United States dies in an alcohol-related driving crash? If you plan on drinking that evening, choose a designated driver before going out.

Check Tires

The only thing between you and the road are your tires. Each year there are nearly 11,000 tire-related crashes, with 200 of them resulting in death. Many of those accidents could be prevented by regularly checking tire air pressure, tread wear, and durability of the spare. Proper tire maintenance is especially important when driving large passenger vans.

Vehicle Safe Checks

Be sure before traveling anywhere that all car seats and booster seats are properly installed and that children riding with you are in the car seat or booster seat that will best protect them. Always be sure to avoid the fatal dangers of hyperthermia, or heat stroke, which occurs from being left unattended in a hot vehicle.

Make your road trip or your weekend getaway a safe one by observing these basic safety reminders and by involving the whole family when you hit the road. As always, Bachman Chevrolet encourages safe driving and wish you a safe and happy Fourth of July.