The summer season is the time of year that sees a considerable increase in road traffic. Road trips, vacations, and more teen drivers out of school all contribute to the increase in drivers on the road and the accidents that come with it. Because the rise primarily occurs between Memorial Day and Labor Day, it has earned the nickname of “the 100 deadliest days of summer.” To help combat the increase in accidents, here are five tips to keep yourself and your passengers safe:
Using your cell phone, eating, adjusting the radio or GPS, or reaching for something in the next seat all pull your eyes from the road. While driving on the highway, a few seconds of not looking at the road is comparable to driving with your eyes closed for hundreds of yards or more.
Maintain your vehicle
Make sure your headlights, mirrors, and tires are all properly functional. These features on your car are some of your best tools in keeping yourself and those around you safe. Do not forget to make sure your windshield washer fluid is full as well.
Watch for reckless drivers
Speeders, tailgaters, and swervers all pose serious threats to those around them. Make sure you are watching the vehicles around you to avoid these reckless and negligent drivers.
Obey traffic laws
Other drivers typically only watch for drivers obeying the laws of the road. By choosing to speed, drive on the shoulder or between lanes, or disregard other traffic laws, it is likely that you will catch other drivers by surprise. This surprise may cause them to overreact to you, or they may not see you at all and cause a serious accident.
Stay cautious during road construction
While summer sees an increase in traffic, it also sees an increase in road construction. Watch out for sudden lane mergers, potholes, loose debris, and reckless drivers in construction zones, as even minor accidents can have major consequences in these areas.
The extra precaution is worth it
Taking some additional safety measures can be the safety net you need this summer. Keep an eye on the road, your car, and what is around you to make sure you are protecting yourself and others around you this summer.