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Beware of Increased Road Hazards During Summer Travel

As the summer months draw near, many families and individuals are gearing up to hit the roads and travel to see friends and family, attend holiday parties, attend weddings, or take vacations. While summertime can be a season of fun and relaxation, the increased traffic on the roads can have fatal consequences. In fact, the risk of car accidents tends to skyrocket in the time between Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day. But why is this the case?

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), July and August are two of the deadliest months to drive due to a vast increase in roadway congestion. When combined with the increased use of smartphones amongst drivers while behind the wheel in recent years, along with an increase in pedestrians and cyclists due to pleasant weather during this season, you have a recipe for disaster. Unsurprisingly, teenage drivers in particular experience a vastly increased risk of being injured in a collision during this time period.

How Can Drivers Lower their Risk?

If you plan on driving this summer, it is imperative you exercise certain precautions to minimize your chances of being involved in a collision.

  1. Put away your phone: No text message or phone call is so important that it is worth risking your life over. If you get behind the wheel, keep your phone in your pocket. If you have teenagers who are learning to drive or have recently received their driver’s license, be sure to talk to them about the risks of distracted driving and implement a strict “no phone” rule while they are driving.
  2. Wear your seatbelt: A high number of traffic fatalities are still related to a lack of seatbelt use, despite numerous “click-it-or-ticket” laws. Always buckle up.
  3. Be careful on weekends or in the evening: According to the NHTSA, Saturdays are the deadliest day of the week to drive and the hour between 6 pm and 7 pm has more collisions than any other time of day. Be especially alert during these times.
  4. Drive slower in bad weather: High speeds combined with wet roads can cause your vehicle to hydroplane. If it is raining, or it is just starting to rain, slow down.
  5. Maintain your vehicle: Be sure to regularly maintain your vehicle, especially before taking a lengthy road trip. Tire blowouts are much more likely to occur in hotter weather, so be sure to check your vehicles tire pressure and tire treads.

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