Florida summers are filled with fun and excitement while enjoying beautiful weather. People hit the roads to go on vacation, trips to the beach and enjoy many other activities with family and friends. However, this is also a time when more car accidents occur. Stay safer by avoiding these common summer driving hazards.
Increased road traffic
Summer means a lot more cars are on the road, which leads to an uptick in motor vehicle accidents. Some drivers are young inexperienced teens, while others may be seasoned but easily distracted or make the mistake of drinking alcohol before getting behind the wheel. Impatience can also lead to aggressive driving or even road rage. Any of these scenarios make increased traffic a serious summer road hazard.
Road construction in South Florida is proceeding at a record pace. This means drivers often have to take detours or slow down while traveling near or through a construction zone. The risk of accidents is increased if one driver doesn’t correctly anticipate the intentions of another. Sadly, construction workers can also be struck and get injured or even killed when collisions occur in construction zones.
Everything heats up during the summer, including the road. As a result, one of the most common summer driving hazards are tire blowouts. When a vehicle’s tires continuously travel over excessively hot surfaces, it causes them to expand, which could lead to a blowout and a car accident.
Motorcyclists, bicyclists and pedestrians
Summer brings out more people riding motorcycles and bicycles and more pedestrians walking from one place to another. With an increase in these riders and people on foot sharing the roads or crossing them, more car crashes can occur. Unfortunately, drivers often fail to see or yield to them.
Driving during the summer is sometimes challenging, but that doesn’t have to be the case. Staying alert and aware of your surroundings will help reduce car accidents.