Motorists often assume winter is the most dangerous time of year to be on the road. Yet, if you live in San Diego, where the winters are mild, that is less true. Summer, on the other hand, can bring a host of new hazards.
According to the National Highways Traffic Safety Administration (NTHSA), the most dangerous months countrywide for deaths on the road are August, September and June. The most hazardous date is the Fourth of July holiday.
What should you look out for when driving in the summer?
There are many factors that are of particular relevance in summer. Here are some things to consider when setting out on the road:
- Drinking becomes more sociable: Summer leads to more outdoor events, be that a large concert on the beach or a BBQ in a friend’s garden. People often drink during the day at these events, then get in their car and drive.
- Schools are on holiday: When the kids are off school, they are more likely to be playing along the street. Inexperienced teenage drivers have more chances to head out with friends for the day.
- Motorcyclists and cyclists will increase: More people using the roads can increase the risk of a crash.
- Extreme heat can affect vehicle and road surfaces: When the temperature leaps into the 100’s a poorly maintained car may become less safe. If the tarmac melts, it can cause surface irregularities that a driver or motorcyclist may swerve to avoid.
- The heat can affect drivers: Heat exhaustion and dehydration will both impair a driver’s performance and concentration.
The chances of injury are high in any vehicle crash, regardless of what time of year it occurs. Seeking compensation will be crucial to ensure a collision does not leave you out of pocket and burden you with medical debt.