Summer is synonymous with vacations, warmth and road trips. All which mean the possibility of spending more time on the road driving. What most people don’t know is that summer driving can be the most dangerous. Just think of your past summers and this just may resonate.
Some factors in this reality are.
1 School being out
With the vast majority of students that are able to drive now not in school each day, the number of inexperienced drivers on the road increases dramatically. Consider that young people have the highest rates of traffic death and injury per capita among all age groups.
2 Traffic Volume
More and more Canadians are choosing to take vacations within the country, this can be due to cost, political climate and safety issues. More cars on the road traveling more miles translate to more motor vehicle accidents.
3 Road Construction
While the weather is nice more road construction occurs. Thus you have added dangers on the road, frustrated drivers due to waits and re-routed traffic.
4 Car Maintenance
No one wants to have a breakdown when on vacation, it does happen. Some people will miss out on their regular car maintenance and this can cause issues with road safety.
5 Weather Conditions
Warm summer weather generally makes it much easier to travel but it also comes with its own hazards. . Extreme heat can cause drowsiness and dehydration, making driver fatigue a concern. Summer thunderstorms are not uncommon in many areas and flash flooding should be a serious concern for drivers.
Warmer weather also means more motorcyclists and bicyclists will be sharing the roadways, and these two-wheeled travelers are often difficult to see. Watch out for motorcyclists splitting lanes or passing, as well as for bicyclists on the roadside, especially when the shoulders on the side of the road are narrow or there is no bicycle lane.