Summer is in full swing. It stands to reason that driving in the summer would be safer than driving in the winter, especially now that every state in the nation deals with its own type of harrowing winter weather. Don’t let your guard down just because the roads aren’t slippery. Summer driving in Pensacola is not without its own set of hazards.
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, IIHS, there were thousands of accidents during the summer months of 2014. June, July, August and September all saw more than 2,800 traffic fatalities during that year. But what makes summertime driving so dangerous? Here are just a few reasons that driving when the weather is warm can be more hazardous than driving over icy winter roads.
1. Teenage Drivers
Teenage drivers aren’t a danger specifically because of their age, but rather because of their inexperience. There are more teen drivers on the roads once school lets out and it’s something everyone needs to be aware of.
Teens don’t have the experience necessary to react properly to all that driving can throw at them. There is nothing that can be done about this other than getting a few years of driving under their belts, making teens some of the most dangerous drivers on the road. Studies have shown that people in this age group are more likely to be involved in traffic collisions than anyone else.
2. Vacation Congestion
More drivers on the road in the summer means more chance of accidents. People are hitting the road in record numbers now that the weather has stabilized and school is out. Vacationers often decide to hit the road instead of flying simply because it’s cheaper to do so. Adding drivers to the road means that highways and roadways are more congested, creating a heightened risk of collision.
Florida roads offer a set of challenges that tourists may not be ready for. As residents, we know the nuances of our roadways. We can’t expect the same from out-of-towners. Watch out for unpredictable driving and people driving too slowly if you want to avoid having a car accident in Pensacola.
3. Tire Troubles
Hot weather can be tough on tires. If your wheels are not in great shape, the expanding air inside of them can cause blowouts. While it’s important to make sure your tires are properly inflated in the winter, it may be even more important to make sure they aren’t worn out in the summer.
Even a single bald spot can mean a disastrous blowout in a heat wave (or Florida summer weather in general). Take the time to inspect your tires and have them replaced if they have seen better days.
4. Road Construction
It makes sense that the bulk of road construction takes place when the weather is warm. Between 2005 and 2014, there were an average of 773 driving fatalities in work zones, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
If you come upon a work zone, slow down. You will see a different speed limit posted, so be sure to obey it. Speeding through a work zone isn’t only dangerous to you and the people in your vehicle, but to others on the road and the construction workers as well.
We’ve all been there. We’ve gotten behind the wheel when we were too tired to drive safely. Whether we have to get to work after a restless night or are driving home after a long day, fatigued driving is a real problem. That problem can be compounded by the heat of the summer.
The sun can dehydrate the body, even if you are in the car. Make sure that you are drinking plenty of water and, if you can help it, avoid driving during the hottest times of the day.
Driving down the road with the windows down can be a blissful feeling in the summer. It can also put you in danger. Always stay alert and be prepared to react to any hazards the road presents. You can’t control the behaviors of other drivers, but you can certainly operate your own vehicle in a way that keeps you as safe as possible.
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