A lot of people think that wintertime is the worst time for traffic accidents with an increase in adverse weather conditions such as heavy rain, wind, snow, and ice. However, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, summer is the season we should all be on high alert for car accidents. Here’s why:
More drivers are on the road longer
In the summertime, the weather picks up and more people decide to get on the road and head off for a road trip or a day out at the beach. Many of these drivers are not as experienced, including teens who are out from school, which means there is more risk associated with them. In fact, it has been found that teen drivers spend as much as 40 percent more time on the road in the summer, so it is not surprising that more accidents happen.
There’s an increase in non-car road users
Another factor that makes summer dangerous for rivers is the fact that cyclists, motorcyclists, and pedestrians tend to spend more time out and about on the roads during summer time attracted by the finer weather. Although drivers should always be alert, it is far easier to miss a cyclist, someone on a motorbike, or an individual on foot than it is a car or truck, and that inevitably means an increase in accidents.
Increased road construction
Highways and roads are often easier to work on in the summer when crews don’t have to fight against the weather. That means that there are not only more hazards to contend with on the roads, but also more large heavy goods vehicles and trucks, which is why there is often a spike of truck fatalities and even garbage truck accidents during the warmer months of the year. That’s why drivers should be even more alert when driving during the summer.
Summer heat is bad for cars
The heat of the summer sun may be a joy for you to feel on your skin, but it could spell disaster for your car. So often, excessive temperatures cause vehicles to be heat and malfunction in a myriad of ways. If that happens while the car is being driven, a collision is likely. Everything from blowouts to overheated engines and even melted tires in really hot states can cause huge issues for motorists.
Fortunately, you can minimize any issues by driving only when completely necessary, taking shadier routes and stopping for regular breaks.
Can car accidents be avoided?
Just because car accidents are more likely to take place during the summer months, it of course does not mean that they are inevitable. If you want to minimize your own personal risk on the road this summer, you can do so by staying alert at the wheel, avoiding heavy traffic and routes where roadworks are taking place, and by ensuring that your car or truck is in the best possible condition for driving. That way, you can enjoy the season without the worry.