Summertime presents drivers with unique challenges, such as added traffic from summer vacationers, sun glare and unpredictable weather patterns. In fact, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, July and August are the most dangerous driving months of the year. Some summer driving hazards include:
- Pedestrians, bicyclists and motorcyclists—Since summer weather allows more people to enjoy outdoor activities, vehicles frequently share the road with joggers, bicyclists and motorcyclists.
- Increased traffic—During the summer months, roads are often more congested due to traveling vacationers and road construction projects.
- Inclement weather—In the summer, heavy rainfall, hail, and high winds are common in some locations.
- Sun glare—Sunshine can cause sun glare and present a challenge for drivers by potentially impairing vision. This issue may be particularly prevalent during early morning and evening hours.
- Intoxicated drivers—The summer months can be a dangerous time for driving because of all the outdoor celebrations and activities, and research shows alcohol-involved crashes and DUIs increase during this season.
The American Automobile Association has reported that the 100 days after Memorial Day are the “100 Deadliest Days” of the year for car accidents, with an average of 10 deaths each day. Drivers can minimize summer driving hazards by:
- Avoiding distractions. Drivers should remain vigilant and check their surroundings before making lane changes, opening doors or coming to a sudden stop.
- Paying attention to weather forecasts. Summer weather patterns include tornados, flash floods, thunderstorms and downpours. Drivers should check the forecast before heading out on the road.
- Increasing following distance. By increasing vehicle following distance, drivers can avoid accidents in heavier traffic and construction zones.
Drivers must always take precautions when heading out onto the road, but summer presents some specific risks that must be considered. For more information, contact us via the form below. And be sure to like us on Facebook and follow us on LinkedIn for more industry news and tips.