Summertime is when most people take the opportunity to travel or go on a vacation, and while this is a great way to spend the warm weather it is also a common time for motor vehicle accidents. That is why it is important to take precautions when you are driving this summer, and to minimize your risks so that you can enjoy your time safely.
Why is summertime so dangerous?
Studies have shown for years that summertime is the peak time for roadway fatalities overall in the United States. There are many reasons for this, as noted above, many people are traveling and on the road more in the summertime. A lot of construction also takes place during the summertime, as the weather is more conducive for builders, and this can create hazardous road conditions.
Additionally, more teenagers are driving in the summertime while they are out of school, and as more inexperienced drivers they are more prone to accidents. Another reason why it is more dangerous to drive around in the summertime is that the deadliest day to drive during the year is Independence Day. With so many people celebrating the holiday, drunk driving is a common result, with tragic results.
How to stay safe while driving during the summertime?
#1 Drive safely and cautiously.
The best way to stay safe on the roads this summer are to be careful whenever you are driving, taking care to remain aware of your surroundings and a safe distance from other vehicles. While this may sound obvious, you can prevent many accidents through safe driving habits. You can also do this by researching your route beforehand for hazards, or planning your trip so that you avoid poor weather or night driving.
#2 Be sure your vehicle is in good shape.
Keeping your vehicle maintained is another way you can help stay safe while driving. Make sure that your tires are in good shape, your vehicle fluid levels are correct, and that any repairs are made before you go on a long trip.
#3 Take breaks or share the drive with someone else.
Driving can be tiring, and when you are more tired you are more likely to be slow to respond to roadway hazards. Taking breaks during your trip or swapping the driving responsibility with another person can help to keep you refreshed and alert while you are driving.