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The sun’s shining down more brightly now, and it is time to pack the woollens away. Yes, summer is almost here and with it, come a whole lot of fun, especially if you are a child. After all, summer breaks are something every child looks forward to. But before you go about enjoying your holidays in a carefree manner, it may be wise to remember to play safe and ensure the grown ups around you do too, especially when on the road. And here’s how you can do so:

For children

*When playing outdoors, choose a spot which is not on a blind turn, and you can see vehicles coming from a distance

* When cycling on the road. stick to the extreme left and always ring your bell before making a turn

* If cycling in a group, make sure you go in a single file on busy streets

* Look out for open manholes or constructions spots on the road and stay far away. * Keep your head protected with a cap/hat as it can not only keep you cool, but also help you beat the glare of the sun so you can see clearly.

For adults

* Change belts and hoses. Heat and humidity can deteriorate rubber.

* If you are going on long-trips, take regular rest stops or take a break when you stop for fuel as the heat in the weather can tire you out more easily

* Weather conditions in summer can pose special threats to driving safely. For example, overheating or sudden storms can create emergency situations.

* Wear sun glasses when you are driving, as the glare of the sun can make you squint on the road sometimes, making it a potentially dangerous situation

With these tips under your hat, you can enjoy the warm summer breeze and stay safe while doing so, whether you are playing cricket by the street side or are simply driving to work.

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