Summer Driving Dangers: 4 Factors that Make Summer Driving Risky
May 25, 2015
Summer is the season of vacations, warm weather… and usually riskier driving conditions. In fact, as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports, summertime is the season during which most motor vehicle accidents typically occur.
Here’s a look at just why this is. Understanding some of the additional risks that enter the picture with summertime driving can help you protect yourself on the roads and reduce your risk of collisions.
Common Summertime Driving Dangers
1 – More inexperienced motorists on the road
Summertime usually means that school is out and that more newly licensed teen motorists are on the roads. Unfortunately, teen drivers can be among the more dangerous motorists on the road, as they:
- May not have the experience necessary to make good judgment calls behind the wheel
- Can be far more likely to be distracted while driving (and, specifically, texting while driving)
- Tend to be involved in traffic accidents more than any other driver age group (according to NHTSA data).
2 – More highway construction zones
During the summer when the weather is nice, there tends to be far more highway construction zones present. These zones, which can take up essential space on the roads and/or result in congestion and detours, can end up increasing the risk of collisions – especially if drivers are not sober, focused and/or compliant with traffic laws.
3 – More pedestrians, cyclists and motorcycle riders sharing the roads
Just as there are more drivers out during the summertime, so too are there more pedestrians and bicycle/motorcycle riders on the road. More travelers on the roads can mean that there is more to pay attention to – and that drivers need to be particularly vigilant to pedestrians, cyclists and riders (especially near intersections, in their blind spots, etc.).
4 – Vehicle equipment malfunctioning in warmer weather
As the temperature outside rises, there can be a risk that certain vehicle equipment, particularly a car’s tires, will malfunction. In fact, with the extra heat, the air within tires can expand, creating a risk that older or more worn tires will blowout.
According to the NHTSA, tire blowouts cause about 11,000 motor vehicle accidents each year in the U.S.
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Categories: Motor Vehicle Accidents