Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, people are ordered to stay inside and self-quarantine. However, when the ban is lifted, there will be an increase of cars on the road. Summer is a time for vacation and day trips to favorite destinations. Despite the fun that the summer months can bring, the amount of car accidents will increase due to the influx of drivers on the road. The following are common summer driving dangers to look out for:
More Vehicles: The surge of vehicles on the road makes for congested highways. Accidents are not just limited to cars; motorcyclists and bicyclists are also at a high risk for accidents and injuries.
Maintenance Issues: Summer weather can cause maintenance issues to your vehicle. Problems include tire blowouts and ignition issues. Hot weather causes tires to expand, which can lead to unexpected blowouts. Make sure that you check your tires and perform frequent maintenance checks on your vehicle to reduce accidents.
Teenage Drivers: School is out, and teens have the entire summer to do what they want. Lack of experience leads to questionable judgement when on the roadways.
Sun Glare: Summer months are known for their bright, sunny days and warm weather. The sun can cause extreme sun glare to occur during certain times of day, limiting a driver’s ability to see clearly. This can cause car accidents to occur from lack of vision of the road.
Heat Exhaustion: Summer temperatures can reach high numbers and cause people to become tired and drowsy. If a driver is tired, this can lead to reduced concentration and the potential for dosing off. A driver should always be alert when driving to reduce the risk of an accident.
Distractions: Distracted driving is always a danger to other drivers, and actions include texting, adjusting the radio, eating and drinking, and talking to other passengers.
Driving While Intoxicated: The summer months also include an influx of intoxicated drivers. People are more likely to go out to bars and drive home during the late hours. When someone decides to drive after drinking, this puts other motorists and themselves at risk for injury or death.
Driving during the summer has its risks and requires drivers to practice with the utmost caution. Accidents can happen at any time, but the additional risks in the summer can cause injuries and fatalities to occur. Remember to be alert while driving and maintain a safe following distance between other drivers.
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