Now that summer vacation season is here, many Americans will embark on road trips and/or drive to the beach. However, there are many driving dangers associated with this time of year.
For example, since school is out for a few months, teenagers and young adults will be spending more time on the roads, whether to work summer jobs or spend time with friends. Since young drivers are easily distracted and lack the experience to handle various road conditions, they increase the risk of car accidents.
An influx of travelers on road trips will result in more traffic jams. More traffic often means more crashes. In addition, since visitors are not familiar with local roads and street signs, they are prone to making mistakes that can lead to collisions.
Lastly, the hot temperatures increase the risk of vehicle malfunction, such as blowouts and overheated engines.
The following are several driving tips to consider in order to stay safe this summer:
- Ensure your vehicle is in great shape – You must perform regular maintenance (i.e. getting an oil change, rotating your tires, refilling fluids, and even replacing windshield wipers) on your car to prevent future breakdowns. Make sure your tires are properly inflated, and the treads aren't worn down each time you drive.
- Avoid distractions – Distractions such as cell phones, GPS devices, the radio, food, and even passengers can take your eyes away from the road, your hands away from the steering wheel, and your focus away from the main task of operating a vehicle. If you have trouble putting your cell phone down while you're on the road, there are several apps available to help prevent distracted driving.
- Watch out for pedestrians and bicyclists – More people will take advantage of the warmer weather by riding their bicycles or simply walking, especially near beaches, parks, and residential areas. These parties may not be as attentive as they should, darting out in front of vehicles to cross the street. Whenever you drive through areas with heavy foot traffic, be mindful of pedestrians before turning onto a street or crossing an intersection.
- Do not drink and drive – From Memorial Day and the Fourth of July to Labor Day, there are plenty of holidays that involve fun in the sun, barbeques, and alcohol. Driving under the influence will not only lead to an accident but also an arrest. If you plan on drinking, find alternative means of transportation—such as a designated driver, Uber/Lyft, taxi, or public transit—to get you home safe.
- Be patient – Since summer driving results in increased traffic, many drivers will be more aggressive and prone to road rage. Such reckless behavior can lead to a crash. If you encounter heavy traffic, take a deep breath, remain calm, and look out for aggressive drivers.
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