Summer is a season to behold. Many people in Texas anticipate warmer temperatures, an array of outdoor activities and longer days. However, these 100 days of fun are often accompanied by risks on the roadways — an unfortunate reality that people must keep in mind.
More teen drivers on the road
Many teenagers are out of school during summer and are often excited about the chance to drive cars by themselves with their friends around. The problem is that most of them are inexperienced drivers who are easily distracted by their friends or their environment. Research by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety shows that the fatality rate for all road users increased by 51% when a teen driver has only teen passengers in their vehicle.
Summer heat can be damaging to your car
Motor vehicle accidents can also occur because of the weather itself. On extremely hot days, the air in the car tires can get heated up, expanding in process and eventually blowing out while someone is driving. The engine can also overheat, causing it to shut down unexpectedly.
More people on vacation means more traffic
The longer days also mean more people are out on the roads. Vacations, visiting family and friends and other activities during summer can contribute to increased traffic.
A rise in traffic can lead to increased road rage incidents, distractions and general disorganization on the roads. Drivers must be extra careful while driving in these circumstances; otherwise, they might get into an accident.
Summer months are the ideal times to start a construction project. The roads are usually extra busy during these times, and some drivers may not be aware of the new construction projects on their route. This can lead to slower traffic, lane closures that cause confusion and other hazardous conditions.
Defensive driving is the key to staying safe on the roads during summer. Tragedy shouldn’t overshadow this time of fun. Being aware of the risks is a step in the right direction to ensure that all drivers stay safe while they enjoy their summer. Drivers should also practice basic safety measures and always remember to wear a seatbelt.