Often times when we think of dangerous road conditions we’re thinking of snow storms and the cold. Surprisingly Summer Driving is just as dangerous if not more dangerous as Winter driving.
Follow these tips to avoid Dangerous Summer Driving
Pets and children in vehicles
When temperatures outside range from 80 degrees to 100 degrees, the temperature inside a car parked in direct sunlight can quickly climb to between 130 to 172 (from the Center of Disease Control). Temperatures rise by 20 degrees in 10 minutes and continue to rise about 10 degrees every 10 minutes. Don’t leave children, pets, or those with disabilities in cars while you run “quick errands”.
More inexperienced drivers are on the road
During Summer vacation more teens are on the roads.Unfortunately the unavoidable lack of experience can cause danger for all of us. Teenagers have fewer driving experiences to draw from and lack of judgment that can increase the risk of an accident.
Hot weather causes the air inside your tires to expand, which can lead to a blowout in well-worn wheels. Keep an eye on your tires during the summer months, especially during heat waves.
Because dry weather is optimal weather for construction we see more of it in the summer. Unfortunately road construction can lead to slower traffic, unexpected obstacles, and frequently changing lanes.
Drivers on vacation add to road congestion
When a drive is new in town they are unfamiliar with the lay of the land. This lack of familiarity can lead to erratic or unpredictable driving as well as slower speeds.
Additionally vactioners add congestion to the road making driving conditions more challenging and increasing the potential for road rage. Watch out for those impatient drivers who might cut you off.
More bicycles on the road
Cyclists are not an inherent danger. However driving on shared roads can present some challenges that many people are not ready for. Be mindful of bicyclists and remember legally they have the same rights to the road as you .
The scorching summer sun can dehydrate you on long drives, so keep a bottle of water handy. Not only do your chances for overheating increase but so do your vehicle’s. Keep eye out for coolant leaks, high engine temperatures, warning lights for the cooling system, and listen for your cooling fans – they should be kicking on more often in the summer and if they’re not you may have a problem. If you’re topping off your coolant this is also a sign of a problem. If you experience overheating pull over immediately and quit driving. If you continue to drive a fixable problem could easily turn into a damaged engine that needs to be replaced.