The deadly days of summer

On Behalf of | May 9, 2024 | Car Accidents |

The lazy, hazy days of summer will soon be upon us when we look forward to a more relaxed atmosphere filled with graduations, vacations and family reunions.

Many don’t realize that the sunny days overshadow something much darker: the 100 deadliest days for motorists.

Why summer is riskier

The period between Memorial Day and Labor Day has been tagged as the “100 deadly days of summer.” This is when there is a significant spike in traffic accidents and fatalities across the United States.

Several factors converge during the summer months to create more hazardous driving conditions, including:

  • Increased traffic volume due to more people on the road, heading to the coast, lakes, parks and other vacation spots. With more traffic, there is a heightened risk of accidents.
  • More inexperienced teen drivers are behind the wheel, lacking the experience and judgment that comes with time.
  • Road construction can cause unexpected detours, lane shifts and other changes that can confuse drivers, leading to accidents if they’re not paying close attention.
  • Extreme heat can affect vehicle performance, increasing the likelihood of tire blowouts and engine overheating. Additionally, hot weather can contribute to driver fatigue, reducing alertness and reaction time.

There are steps every driver can take to mitigate the risks associated with summer driving:

1. Make sure your vehicle is in good condition, especially before long trips. Check your tires, brakes and battery to avoid breakdowns.

2. Slow down and stay alert in construction zones. Pay close attention to signs and signals and be prepared for sudden stops.

3. Keep your focus on the road and minimize distractions.

4. Practice defensive driving every time you’re on the road.

5. Stay hydrated and take breaks to reduce fatigue and stay alert.

6. Always designate a sober driver or use alternative transportation if you’ve been drinking.

The summer months should be filled with fun and laughter. It is the perfect time for road trips and making great memories. However, we are all responsible for adopting safe driving practices. By doing so, you are protecting yourself, your passengers and other road users.