When asked, most people think that winter driving is the most dangerous time of the year to be on the roadways. While snow and ice covered roads can make for treacherous winter driving conditions, other seasons present their own driving challenges. For example, driving in the summer may sound like a picnic compared to a day in mid-January, but the fact of the matter is that summer driving has its own obstacles. People tend to overlook the perils of summer driving since these obstacles are usually less apparent. However, while these dangers may be a bit more obscure, they are every bit as hazardous. To make sure that you and your family are safe this summer, it is important to be aware of these often overlooked summer driving hazards:
- Sun’s glare: You would think that a clear, sunny day would make for great weather conditions to hit the open road. However, the sun’s rays can cause a glare which can greatly impair your ability to see the road. So before you set out, be sure to grab a pair of shades. The glare from the sun is usually the worst at dawn and again at dusk. A clean windshield that is free of smudges can also help with glare.
- Road Congestion: Summer is the time of year that most people take vacations and the preferred method of travel for many families is to drive. With more people deciding to take road trips, roadways are often congested. The best advice to deal with congestion, is to try to relax. Do not let road congestions lead to a case of road rage.
- Farm Vehicles: Summer travelers are not the only reason why the roadways are more hectic in the summer. Farm vehicles, such as tractors, also need to be on the roads. These large vehicles are wider than a car, often taking up more space than the traditional width of the lane. These vehicles pose a danger not only due to their large size, but also due to their slow moving speed. Always exercise caution when passing farm vehicles.
- Construction: In many parts of the country, there are only two seasons that matter to drivers, winter and road construction. The effects of road construction are often exacerbated in the summer due to the increased number of drivers on the roadways. Take extra caution when driving in construction zones, including leaving the appropriate distance between you and the vehicle you are following and to drive.
- Bikes: Unlike winter, the summer driving season also sees a dramatic increase in the number of bicycles and motorcycles on the roads. These smaller vehicles can be more difficult for a driver of a truck or a car to see, especially if the driver is not actively on the lookout for these two-wheelers. An accident between an automobile and a bicycle or motorcycle can result in serious injuries. To ensure a safe trip for all, be sure to share the roadways.
- Tire blowouts and engine overheating: The summer’s heat can also lead to tire blowouts and engine overheating. Take a few minutes to check your car’s tire pressure and engine fluid levels before leaving on a long trip. If your engine does overheat, pullover to the side of the road to allow the engine to cool.
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