Snow, rain and ice are common cold weather threats to driver safety, but Summer brings with it its own set of dangers. For drivers, the added traffic of summer vacationers is just part of the increased risk – construction, sun glare and un-predictable weather patterns all add to the danger.
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, summer and fall are the most dangerous times of the year for drivers, with July and August being the deadliest. More drivers are out on the road during that time, which increases the likelihood of collisions.
For professional drivers and passenger vehicles, this time of year isn’t just business as usual; it requires more attention to safe driving practices. Here’s a look at 8 ways to stay safe behind the wheel this Summer:
- Double Down on Equipment Maintenance - heat takes a toll on engines and tires.
- Watch out for Distracted Drivers - they are everywhere.
- Watch out for blown tires - also known as road gators.
- Pay Attention to Weather Forecasts - for areas you’re traveling in.
- Keep an eye on the calendar - July 4 is a particularly dangerous day with motorcycle and passenger vehicle crashes
- Take Care of Your Eyes – invest in a good pair of polarized sunglasses.
- Increase following distance – this will offset dangers brought on by heavier traffic and construction zones.
- Respect the effects of heat - heat exhaustion can make drivers drowsy.
This is not the time to push yourself or your vehicle past the limit – that only makes it unsafe for everyone on the road. You can combat fatigue by taking frequent breaks, and prevent breakdowns and malfunctions by paying attention to your vehicle’s warning signs.
While you can’t change the behavior of other drivers around you or the conditions of the road you’re on, following these tips can help you have a healthier, safer summer. We want to wish our LGT Drivers and Support Teams a wonderful Summer!