Memorial Day is the unofficial start to the summer in California and elsewhere. As a result, many more people are slated to hit the roads to travel from one destination to another. Unfortunately, that means there are certain summer driving hazards to avoid.
More bicyclists and motorcyclists
Because summer brings such nice weather, more people go out to ride their bicycles and motorcycles. When these riders share the roads with cars, it increases the risk of motor vehicle accidents. Sometimes, drivers fail to see the smaller vehicles or disregard them.
Tire blowouts can happen when your vehicle’s tires are worn; they are also caused by tires making contact with hot pavement. When a tire blowout occurs, it can cause the vehicle to become unsteady and the driver to lose control. Sadly, it’s also one of the most common causes of summertime accidents.
More road construction takes place in the summer, causing delays and detours. Sometimes, confusion or frustration causes problems when drivers try to maneuver. Accidents can occur and road workers often suffer the consequences.
Summer causes more traffic as many more vehicles hit the road to go places. People from out of town may also come in for a visit and drive to various places. With so many more vehicles sharing the roads, this naturally results in an uptick in car accidents.
Teens are out of school for the summer and can go for rides. Unfortunately, due to their inexperience, they’re at a higher risk of accidents. Some are also more likely to take risks behind the wheel, such as texting or speeding, further increasing the risk of a crash.
During the summer, more people have free time; some get together with friends and grab a few drinks. Unfortunately, some think they’re OK to drive after consuming alcohol and get behind the wheel. This can easily lead to serious accidents.
Summer driving doesn’t have to lead to an accident. Stay alert and drive defensively to reduce your risk.