The summer is fun, but it comes with its own set of hazards. Did you know that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported higher car crashes, auto-related injuries, and auto-related fatalities during July and August? What makes this the most dangerous time to drive? Here is what we found.
In the summertime, it gets hot. This causes your tires to expand with that heat. Too much heat, and your tire might have a blowout. This can be deadly and cause accidents, especially if this happens at high speeds. Check your tire pressure consistently and frequently. Always carry a spare. Avoid potholes at all costs.
Summer is notorious for construction zones throughout the country. This increases roadblocks, traffic jams, detours, and accidents. The Federal Highway Administration estimates one injury daily and one fatality weekly per every work zone. To avoid becoming a statistic, always slow down when approaching, merge early, and avoid any construction zones by finding an alternate route.
Yes, summer is hot, but it doesn’t come without the weather. Rain, floods, and even hail can bring danger to the roadway in these months. Much like construction zones, always prepare for the weather by slowing down and increasing your following distance. Use your windshield wipers when you see the first sight of rain. If you start to hydroplane, turn into the spin to regain control of the wheel. Consistently check your windshield wiper fluid to be prepared. If it starts to hail, pull over and stay in the car to protect yourself from any harm. The best thing you can do is keep in touch with weather predictions.
Motorcyclists and Bicyclists
Motorcyclists and bicyclists love to ride in the summer. Unfortunately, they are exposed to traffic, making them more vulnerable to accidents, plus they easily fall into your blind spot. Take extra precautions to look out for these road riders. Increase the following distance, check your blind spot multiple times, and be careful to open your doors when getting out of the car.
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