Summer is here, the weather is finally nice and beach days are in full swing. However, there are some drawbacks to driving around in the summer. Nearly twice as many people are killed in auto accidents during the summer months than during the rest of the year. Here are a few things to be aware of while driving in the summer.
Increased Travel – With a lot more people on the road driving to and from the beach on weekends, it can cause an increase in stop-and-go traffic. Traffic tends to distract drivers
How To Avoid This: Plan ahead and make sure you have everything is packed the night before a trip. That way, you can leave early and beat the traffic.
More People – Schools out and summers in. This means that more people are out walking, running, biking, and driving, especially children and young teens. During the summer months, there’s no school, which means that there are a lot more young drivers out on the road. It also means that people start pulling their bikes and motorcyclists out. Motorcyclists tend to weave in and out of traffic because they can fit in between cars.
How To Avoid This: Be extra cautious to avoid collisions with inexperienced drivers, and keep a good eye out for motorcyclists, especially when switching lanes and turning.
Construction – Summer is the season of construction. There’s plenty of road repairs, such as filling potholes, or repaving roads. This can cause abrupt traffic and can increase the chance of accidents.
How To Avoid This: Slow down around construction zones or avoid them completely if possible.
Heavy Rainfall – Thunderstorms and heavy rainfall can start very quickly in the summer, causing flash flooding. This causes visibility issues and triggers drivers instincts to slam on their brakes. Flash flooding can cause a car to hydroplane in just inches of water, leaving the driver with absolutely no control of the car.
How To Avoid This: Make sure your windshield wipers are working properly and that they completely clear the windshield of any water. If you get caught in a rainstorm, slow down or pull over and wait out the storm if possible.
Flip-Flops - Flip-flops can easily get caught underneath the pedal, causing the driver to not be able to react to the brakes as quickly.
How To Avoid This: Keep an extra set of shoes, preferably sneakers, in your car during the summer months for a quick, easy change.
Glaring Sun – In the summer the sun is a lot stronger and can cause very bad glares especially during the sunrise and sunset.
How To Avoid This: Make sure to always keep your windshield clean on both the inside and out. The dirt on the windshield can reflect when hit by the sun, worsening the effects of the glare. Be sure to also keep a greater distance between you and the car in front of you. This will give yourself a longer distance to stop incase you lose sight of the car in front of you due to a glare.
Distractions – It’s easy to get distracted with the windows down and the music blaring in the car with your friends.
How To Avoid This: Stay safe and in control with both hands on the wheel and pay attention to the road and your surroundings.
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