Dangers of Driving in the Summer

Sun Devil Auto Expert, published on 07/25/2016

Accidents and other car problems can happen any time of year. However, the hot summer months pose a unique set of risks every driver should be aware of. By remembering a few things and being cautious, you should have no problems driving around in the summer or going on that road trip you have always wanted to take.

More Traffic Congestion

A big reason why the summer tends to be more dangerous on the road is simply because there are more drivers on the roads and highways. Many people are on vacation, which means people might be in town who are not from Phoenix and are unfamiliar with the roads. Keep an eye out for people who are a little too quick to engage in road rage and might try to cut you off. Additionally, be patient with people driving slowly because they are likely trying to find something.

More Teens Are Driving

Due to school being out, many teens use the summer as an opportunity to take driving courses and practice driving on the road. Teenagers are ultimately inexperienced, which increases the risk of them being in an accident. Be mindful of your surroundings, and, if you have kids of your own, remind them of the dangers of texting while driving.

More Road Construction

Summer tends to be the most popular time of year for construction projects to take place on the road. When you are driving through construction zones, be cautious. Drive more slowly than you otherwise would. Hundreds of driving fatalities occur within construction areas every year, so please, watch out for workers while you are out there.

More Tire Blowouts

The reason why summer increases the risk of having a tire blowout is that the hot weather makes the air inside tires expand. This can lead to them blowing out unexpectedly. Make sure to check the pressure and condition of your tires regularly throughout the summer.

Other Risks

The hot weather can cause you to become dehydrated more quickly, so make sure you have a water bottle in your car so that you can cool down when you need to. Sun glare can lead to an accident. Keep your windshield clean, and have a pair of sunglasses in your car just in case.

There are always risks associated with driving, so do not let these dangers worry you. With a few minor precautions, you will be able to drive to wherever your destination is with ease. Make sure to take care of your car, and it will take care of you.