For many families, summer offers exciting opportunities for vacations, holiday celebrations and outdoor activities. Unfortunately, summer also brings new risks for drivers as they travel. What should drivers know about the risks that summer can bring?
Summer months are some of the deadliest on U.S. roadways.
Many people think of winter months as the most dangerous times to drive, but the truth is that summer can be a particularly dangerous season for drivers. In fact, according to the National Safety Council, July and August are two of the three deadliest months of the year. In addition, the summer holidays of Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day have the highest average fatality rates compared to other major holidays.
What factors can increase risks during summer?
Some of the many risk factors for summer driving include:
- Warm temperatures— Hot summer weather can impact more than just your comfort. This hot weather can take a toll on your vehicle, especially on road trips. Engines can overheat, batteries can lose charge and tire pressure can be difficult to maintain.
- Sunlight—Many drivers may prefer taking to the road on a sunny day. However, it is important to remember that bright sunlight, especially if heading out around sunrise or driving at sunset, can create glare that limits visibility.
- Holiday drinking — Many people use summer holidays as an opportunity to celebrate. Unfortunately, when summer holiday parties involve drinking, drivers may make the negligent choice to drive while intoxicated.
- Summer vacation—Summer often means that more cars are on the road. Families often take vacations while their children are out of school, and young drivers have a greater amount of time when they can drive.
- Construction—Navigating construction zones in summer can lead to additional roadway hazards including uneven surfaces, debris or even equipment.
Drivers who remain alert to these risks can take steps to protect their safety in the summer. If an accident does occur, you may want to explore your legal options to ensure that you have the support you need as you recover.