The first day of summer is upon us today (albeit it has felt like summer for weeks already). According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), summer is very dangerous for fatal car accidents. In fact, August had the highest number of fatal car accidents of any month in 2013 (3,136) with July and September each having over 2,900 fatal car accidents themselves. What makes summer driving more dangerous than other times during the year?
More Teenagers Enjoying Summer Driving
With school out, more teenagers are driving Tampa Bay roads. Their unavoidable lack of experience sometimes leads to improper decisions when turning in front of vehicles, estimating other vehicles’ speed, and distracted driving with more teenagers in the vehicle. Data shows that teens are more likely to be involved in accidents than other age groups.
Summer Afternoon Rain Showers
Yes, those nearly-daily afternoon downpours make summer driving dangerous. Hot dry roads suddenly become slick and panicked drivers whom seem to forget how to drive when it starts raining are two reasons why summer driving can be more dangerous.
Vacationers on the Road
We love the tourists that help with Tampa Bay’s economy. However, they contribute to our congested roads. Also, vacationing drivers are often unfamiliar with the roads, as well, which can lead to erratic or unpredictable driving when they suddenly find the hotel, street or restaurant they were looking for.
Tire blowouts are a big risk during the hot summer. As AAA explains, hot weather causes the air inside your tires to expand, which can lead to a blowout in well-worn wheels. Check your tires on a regular basis during the summer months, especially during heat waves.
More Bicycles and Pedestrians on the Road
With the nice weather, many cyclists and bikers take advantage of it by riding the bicycles and motorcycles. Also, many more pedestrians (including tourists) are enjoying their strolls in the sun. Remember, they have the same rights that drivers of car have on the road. Watch for them and be more cautious when passing a bicyclist or approaching pedestrians.
Enjoy this first day of summer and every day thereafter – just do it safely knowing that summer driving could lead to more dangerous conditions.
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