Watch Out for These Summer Driving Hazards

Winter’s ice and snow bring driving hazards, but summer has its own unique set of dangers. Summer auto accidents are all too common, so it’s important to drive defensively and stay aware of your surroundings.

Here are the top summer driving hazards to watch out for:

New Drivers

new driversSchool’s out for the summer…and more new teen drivers are on the road. Lack of experience can lead to a higher risk of accidents. Data consistently shows that teen drivers are at a higher risk of being involved in accidents than any other age groups.

The time between Memorial Day and Labor Day has been referred to as the “100 Deadliest Days” for teenage drivers. Nine tenths of the deadliest days for teens on the road fall between May and August. Be patient and keep an eye out for new drivers while on the road this summer. If you have a new teen driver at home, talk to them about the dangers of the road and help them practice driving to teach them to become better drivers sooner.

Hot Weather

AAA reports that hot weather can cause the air inside your vehicle’s tires to expand, which can lead to a blow-out in worn wheels. Take a moment to check your tires regularly.

The odds of your engine overheating increase during heat waves, especially if you’re using your air conditioner. If the engine overheats, pull over to let it cool, preferably in a shaded area.

The heat can also quickly dehydrate you while driving, so be sure to drink water on a regular basis.

Traffic Jams

Farm equipment, county fair crowds, construction projects, and other events can cause traffic congestion. Crowded roads create more intense driving situations and can cause stress if you’re not prepared, so plan ahead and allow extra time to reach your destination.

Two Wheeled Danger

Warmer weather brings cyclists and motorcyclists out to enjoy the summer sunshine. Share the road and be prepared for sudden stops, turns, and lane changes. Never assume that the bike or motorcycle will stay where you think it will. From stray dogs to large potholes, there are any number of hazards that may require a cyclist or motorcyclist to make a sudden swerve or directional change.

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