On the surface, driving through a summer heat wave with the windows down and sunroof open may seem quite serene. However, there are a handful of reasons why the summer months aren’t lacking in the danger department. In spite of all its glorious perks, summer can be a truly dangerous time to drive. Sure, you don’t have to deal with the dark nights, icy roads, and heavy storms of winter, but season-specific variables conspire to jeopardize that easy, breezy summer feeling.
By knowing what you might encounter, you can keep yourself safe and enjoy the weather.
An Increase of Teen Drivers
When school’s out, more teen drivers hit the roads. Unfortunately, more teen drivers on the road can mean more danger for the rest of us. The unavoidable lack of experience may lead to a questionable judgment that can increase the risk of an accident.
We all have our favorite summer destinations, and suffering through traffic jams is the price we gladly pay for getting there. Congested roads make for harder driving conditions and the potential for road rage, so plan ahead and watch out for those impatient drivers who might cut you off.
Vacationing drivers are often unfamiliar with the roads, which can lead to slow or erratic driving (especially when there’s something interesting to look at).
Summer can do a number on your tires. Hot weather causes the air inside your tires to expand, which commonly leads to a blowout in well-worn wheels. Check your tires on a regular basis during the summer months, especially during heat waves.
Summertime is a popular time for road construction. Stay extra cautious when you drive around construction zones. You can never be too careful, as these zones put you at risk and threaten your safety.
More Bicycles and Motorcycles
Many cyclists and bikers take advantage of the warm weather by finally getting their vehicles out of the garage and hitting the road, making sharing the road a priority for drivers. Driving alongside cyclists can make man traffic maneuvers more dangerous.
Sun and Excess Heat
Check your air conditioner performance before traveling. Lack of air conditioning on a hot summer day affects people who are in poor health or who are sensitive to heat, such as children and older adults. The scorching summer sun can dehydrate you on long drives, so keep a bottle of water handy.
And of course, the chance of your engine overheating increases, especially if you have to rely on your air conditioner to keep yourself from overheating. If your engine overheats, pull over to let it cool down.
Be sure to have secured Hobbs New Mexico Car Insurance before going on any lengthy car rides. Once you know you’re protected, have fun out on the roads!
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