Although winter is often associated with poor driving conditions, it’s crucial not to neglect caution while driving in the summertime. Driving during the summer season presents safety hazards that make driving in the summer as dangerous as driving in the winter. To prevent tragic accidents, staying informed about weather-related changes that can increase the risk of collisions is imperative. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident due to negligence, contact our seasoned Washington, D.C., Car Accident Lawyers, who can help you fight for the just compensation you deserve. Please continue reading to learn about the most common summer driving safety hazards every motorist should take note of to prevent serious accidents and injuries.
What are the most prevalent safety hazards while driving during the summer?
During the summer, motorists should be aware of the following safety hazards:
- Pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorcyclists. There usually are more people outside in the summer months. That said, motorists must remain alert to vulnerable road users such as pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorcyclists, as they can pop out of nowhere due to their small size.
- Increased road construction. During the summer, many municipalities use this time to conduct road construction to remedy any issues from winter weather conditions. That said, once the summer months hit, you should expect to see an increase in roadway construction projects. These construction projects often cause significant traffic delays that cause motorists to become impatient. When motorists become impatient due to congested traffic, they drive more aggressively, which increases the likelihood of being involved in a collision. Motorists must remain calm during traffic delays and adhere to the rules of the road to prevent tragic crashes.
- Inclement weather conditions. During the summer, there are no issues involving snow or ice. However, there is an increase in rain and floods. Motorists must be mindful of the dangers associated with this increase in rainfall, as it can diminish their ability to control their vehicles. There is a severe risk of hydroplaning. It is also imperative to note that sometimes it can hail, which can cause shatter your vehicle’s windshield and impair your driving ability.
- Mechanical issues. In the summer, the high temperatures can cause an increased chance of tire blowouts and engine overheating. Hot temperatures can cause the air in your tires to explode. High temperatures can also cause your engine to overheat, which means your vehicle could catch on fire or break down in a dangerous spot. You should regularly check your tire pressure and engine coolant to prevent these mechanical issues. Ensure you replace your tires and get an oil change frequently.
If you have been injured while driving during the summer season, contact Trombly & Singer, PLLC, to discuss your legal options today. We are ready to assist you in obtaining the rightful compensation that you deserve.