The lazy, hazy days of summer are upon us, and millions of Americans will take to the road, heading to beaches or on vacations. It is also the time of year when insurance claims rise, due to the increased number of vehicles on the road, as well as the hazards specific to summer driving.
There are a number of precautions you can take to avoid becoming a statistic. Here are some things to look out for when driving in hot weather to avoid being involved in a car accident.
Motorcycles, Bicycles and Pedestrians
In cold weather, cars are not sharing the road as much with motorcycles, bicycles and pedestrians. That changes once the weather gets warmer. What all of these individuals have in common is that they are far more vulnerable to fatality or serious injury if struck by a car, since they have no protection from the impact of a collision.
Always look twice when lane switching to avoid hitting motorcyclists, and pay attention to speed limits.
Repairs and Construction
Municipalities put their road crews to work in summer to repair potholes formed over the winter. It is also the season when any type of construction, from roadways to buildings, is in full bloom.
Drive slowly around construction zones. The majority of road construction fatalities happen because of drivers speeding in these zones and striking workers. Construction also means debris, and you may encounter some on the streets and highways.
Tire blowouts occur more frequently in summer, due to several reasons. Running over the aforementioned debris is one cause, but underinflated tires are an even more common cause. When tires are not inflated properly, excess friction and subsequent overheating occurs. Check your tires regularly to ensure correct inflation and inspect them daily for any damage.
The nights are longer and warmer, and people stay out later. That may lead to drowsy driving and even falling asleep at the wheel. Never drive if you are too tired.
Sumner brings thunderstorms, heavy rains, and flash flooding in many areas. Limbs and branches may fall from trees, and wet or flooding conditions can cause cars to hydroplane. If you are driving in midday, that glaring sun can result in visibility problems. Pay attention to weather reports before you set out, so you know what to expect during your travels.
Students on the Road
During the school year, high school and college students are in classes during the day and usually not driving late at night. That all changes in summer. These young people are not experienced drivers, and may take risks that an older driver knows better than to attempt. This is a demographic that is more likely to text while driving or become more distracted in general behind the wheel. Keep an eye out for them.
When the temperature soars, engines can easily overheat. Always check your car’s temperature gauge. If it overheats, pull to the side of the road. Keep yourself hydrated and cool by having water available in the car and either using the air conditioning or leaving the windows open while driving.
While you can take any number of precautions, the competence of others is beyond your control. Being prepared can help you avoid being the cause of an accident, but accounting for the negligence of others is not something you can guide.
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