We have made it through the winter and now the endless days of summer driving begin. But it’s important to keep in mind that summer driving carries safety hazards, too. Today we will share seven common summer driving hazards so that you can raise your awareness about them and hopefully avoid them.
- Hydroplaning in heavy rain. Summer brings thunderstorms, hurricanes and torrential downpours. If you feel your car hydroplaning, resist the urge to slam on the brakes or the gas pedal. When driving in heavy rain, you should drive about one third of the speed you would drive on dry pavement. Avoid hydroplaning by making sure the tread on your tires is thick enough. You can test this by sticking a penny upside down in the tire’s tread. If Lincoln’s head is hidden in the depth of the tread, it is thick enough. If not, it might be time for new tires.
- Increased road construction. Road construction projects seem to be everywhere in the warm summer months. TDOT takes advantage of the good weather to get work done. Drive with caution around road construction zones. Follow the signs and reconfigured traffic lanes.
- Speeding. Speeding causes car crashes regardless of the time of year. The faster vehicles are traveling when they collide the greater the degree of injury, property damage and the higher the chance that there will be a fatality.
- Hitting a wild animal. If you are traveling in an area where wild animals live, there is always the chance that they will wander out onto the roadways. You must be alert and aware of your surroundings when you see signs for animal crossings.
- Crashing into a motorcyclist or bicyclist. Warm days also bring out more motorcyclists and bicyclists. Learn to keep an eye out for motorcyclists and bicyclists and allow them plenty of space on the road.
- Falling asleep at the wheel. Maybe you stayed too late at the beach party and now you have to drive two hours to get home. Drowsy driving can be just as dangerous as driving drunk, so avoid it when you can. Drink some coffee, make sure there is another driver you can hand the wheel over to when you get too sleepy, and take as many breaks as you need to so you do not fall asleep at the wheel.
- More teen drivers on the roads. Memorial Day kicked us off on the 100 most dangerous days of the year for teen driving traffic fatalities. Teens have little experience behind the wheel, are prone to texting and other distractions behind the wheel, and drinking and driving. If you are a parent of a teen driver, you can set ground rules for driving safety and set a good example for them to follow.
Most of all, summer is time to get out and have fun, while keeping road safety in mind. If you should become injured in a traffic crash that was caused by another driver’s negligence, you may be able to take legal action and recover compensation for your injuries.
But if you are in a car crash, you can trust the team at Rocky McElhaney Law Firm to fight for you! With offices in Nashville, Hendersonville and Knoxville, our auto accident attorneys are always close by when you need us the most. To find out more about how we can help, please call (615)425-2500.