Summer is finally here. Time to hit the road for some fun in the sun. If you're going to be driving your car, you should know that summertime driving is the most dangerous time of year to be on the road. In fact, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, NHTSA, summer month's account for twice as many highway fatalities than any other time of the year. To protect you and your family while you're on the road this summer, you should be aware of the most common causes of accidents during this time of year.
More People on the Road
During the summer, there are more people on the road. Unfortunately, that adds up to more congestion, more frustration and more incidences of road rage. If you find yourself in traffic this summer, slow down and be aware of those around you. Better to get there a few minutes late than not at all.
Increased Road Construction
During the summer, many states utilize the warmer weather to catch up on road construction projects. That means you'll be sharing the road with more people while traveling across roads torn up by construction. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over 600 fatalities occurred in construction zones between 2007 and 2012. The same report states that the three states with the most construction zone auto accident fatalities were California, Texas and Florida. While you're traveling this summer, if you're driving through a construction zone, stay focused and watch the traffic around you.
Heat Induced Distractions
During the summer, the temperatures can become quite extreme, especially if you're traveling in locations that experience high summertime temperatures. Driving in the heat can cause you to become a distracted driver. If you know you're going to be driving during the hottest part of the day, be sure to keep a cooler filled with water in your car at all times. Stay hydrated and avoid becoming a distracted driver.
If your tires are wearing out, you should have them replaced before heading out for summer vacation. High temperatures can cause the air inside your tires to expand. Unfortunately, that increased pressure can cause aging tires to blow-out. If you must drive on your well-worn tires, be sure to inspect them each time you stop for gas. It's also a good idea to stay in the outside lane so that you can get to the shoulder should you experience a blowout.
Summer is here. Be sure you're safe on the road while you're driving. If you are involved in a car accident this summer, contact an accident attorney as soon as possible. Contact a business, such as Palmetto Injury Lawyers, for more information.