Staying Safe on the Road During Dangerous Summer Months

While it might seem that the most dangerous months of the year to be on the road would be during the winter, that isn’t actually the case. The summer months of June, July and August are some of the deadliest days of the year due to an increase in the number of people on the road, along with an increase in social gatherings where alcohol is served. 

Finding cheap auto insurance will help you prepare for what’s to come this summer, and it just may keep you from being blindsided if something goes wrong on the road. Read on for other great tips.

Tip #1: Watch the Weather

Regardless of what the weather looks like when you start out, it doesn’t mean that the weather can’t turn ugly somewhere along the way. Use a weather app such as Accuweather and keep the notifications on, whether you are running errands in your own town or headed to other places. Dangerous thunderstorms, tornadoes, and hail can wreak havoc on your car and put a serious crimp in your travels, so do your best to be alerted ahead of time.

Tip #2: Watch for Distracted Drivers

Sometimes, nice weather is distraction enough for many drivers, so always be mindful of others who may be drifting in their lanes or driving recklessly. Other summertime distractions include an increase in the number of children, cyclists, wildlife, pets, construction zones, and motorcycles on the road. Keep a fresh and watchful eye with a safe distance between you and other drivers so you can fully prepare yourself for a suddenly appearing obstacle.

Tip #3: Get the Right Glasses

Summertime driving is difficult on the eyes. Not only is the sun out longer, it’s h2er and more harsh than ever before. Eyes can become fatigued just like the brain and every other part of the body, so investing in a decent pair of polarized sunglasses will keep them from getting too damaged and drained. Early morning and late evening sun glare pose dangerous issues for drivers and polarized sunglasses will allow you to see more easily and drive with increased confidence.

Tip #4: Keep Your Vehicle Well Maintained

Extreme weather isn’t your vehicle’s friend, whether it’s heat or cold. Hot days can lead to tire blowouts and even take a toll on braking ability. You may find your engine running warmer than usual, which puts a lot of stress on all of the vehicle’s functions. Be certain your vehicle’s cooling system is in good working order by being on top of all the fluid levels. Tire pressure and tread should be checked regularly, as well. If you find that your vehicle is suddenly overheating do your best to get to the side of the road, out of the way of other traffic and turn off your vehicle. Turning off the AC and turning on the heat will help void the engine of the excess heat buildup.

Tip #5: What Day is It?

Unfortunately, some tragedies can truly be predicted, and the days and even times that are particularly dangerous during the summer months are well documented. Memorial Day, July 4th, and Labor Day weekend are the deadliest of the summer. The hours between 3PM and 7PM are when most fatal crashes happen, so it’s wise to either stay off the road altogether or be especially vigilant during these times.

Tip #6: Respect Construction Zones

The men and women at construction zones literally take their lives into their hands when they are on the job. While there are different laws for every state, it’s proper procedure and etiquette to always slow down and move into the other lane if possible when you come across a construction zone. There are hefty fines, too, for those who don’t abide by the law. 

Tip #7: Be Aware of Flooding

It might not look like much, but water is one of the most powerful forces on the planet. If you come across a road that has been flooded or an underpass that is filling with water, turn around and drive back the way you came. The force of the water has the ability to sweep you and your car away. Flash flooding can happen nearly anywhere at a moment’s notice.

Tip #8: Watch for Pedestrians

More people are out and about during the summer months, which means they’re also more likely to step in front of your car without realizing it. Many of them are on their phone when they’re walking, which creates an increased opportunity for tragedy. 

  • Always stop for pedestrians at a crosswalk, they have the right of way
  • Don’t pass vehicles stopped at crosswalks
  • Look twice for pedestrians before making a turn
  • Scan parked cars and sidewalks when in urban and suburban areas for pedestrians who might ‘pop’ out of nowhere

Staying safe in the summer requires a bit of preparation and vigilance, but with the right attitude, skill, and wisdom, you can keep safe while enjoying the beautiful weather.

Kalyan Panja