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Summer Driving Hazards You Should Keep in Mind When on the Road

Summer Driving Hazards You Should Keep in Mind When on the Road

When you think of dangerous driving seasons, you wouldn’t be alone if the winter months are what come to mind. Most people assume winter, with its cold weather, snow, and ice is the most dangerous time to be on the road. After all, it’s not uncommon to venture out on the road for a much-needed grocery run during the winter and lose traction when you hit a patch of ice. However, according to the Department of Transportation, winter is not as dangerous of a time to drive as summer. 

Driving down the road in 90-degree weather is what gives you that calm and easygoing feeling that goes hand-in-hand with the summer months. The sun is out, the kids are out of school, and you’re ready to kick back and relax. So how can it be that there are more fatal car accidents during the summer season every year than any other season?

In this blog, we discuss some of the top driving hazards you should be aware of during the summer months.

Top X Summer Driving Hazards

Don’t let an accident ruin your family time, keep that relaxing summer attitude going by remaining aware of the following most common driving hazards during the summer.

  1. Young Drivers

Great, your kids are out of school and enjoying the summer at home with you and your family, but this also means all other kids are out of school as well, namely young and inexperienced drivers. It’s common knowledge that teen drivers are involved in more accidents than any other age group. It takes time to become experienced behind the wheel. Always remain alert and ready to drive defensively when driving during the summer to give yourself ample time to react to inexperienced drivers on the road.

  1. Construction

Though it can be frustrating when it slows traffic, it’s important to always drive slowly when near a construction site with workers present. Warm weather is traditionally the ideal time for construction crews to work on roads, so remain alert and always follow posted traffic laws to keep these workers, yourself, and other motorists safe.

  1. Pedestrians, Cyclists, and Motorcyclists

After a long, cold winter, many people are eager to dust off their motorcycles and take to the roads to enjoy the warm, open air. Always share the road and remain alert to abrupt traffic maneuvers by motorcyclists and bicyclists. Pay close attention to crosswalks as there are likely to be more vacationers during the summer months who may not be familiar with the area.

  1. Drunk Drivers

Many people find themselves consuming more alcohol during the summer, whether with an increase in pool parties, hangouts, or other summer events, and drunk driving accidents increase. Always drive defensively, especially on weekends and late at night. If you know you are going to be consuming alcohol, always plan accordingly and utilize rideshare or a designated driver. 

  1. Tire Blowouts

Many people are unaware that hot weather can have a negative impact on your tires. High heat can cause the air in your tires to expand, and this can be especially dangerous if your tires are old or worn. It is crucial that you regularly inspect your tires during the summer months to avoid a blowout and serious accident. 

  1. Speeding

The warm weather and clear blue skies can tempt drivers to exceed the speed limit and put themselves and other motorists in danger. Always follow the posted speed limits to avoid causing a potential speed-related deadly accident. Not to mention police officers are acutely aware of this temptation to speed during the summer months, so don’t risk an expensive speeding ticket, much less the safety of your passengers and everyone else on the road.

  1. Summer Storms

It’s no surprise that an increase in storms accompanies the summer weather each year. Heavy rain, high winds, lightning, and hail are just a few of the many hazards that come with unexpected summer storms. If you are uneasy or nervous driving in stormy conditions, put your hazard lights on and pull over when it is safe to do so.

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