Driving through a summer heat wave may be preferable to owner-operators when compared to driving through a winter-whiteout but, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), summer driving is the most dangerous and the most deadly. During the summer months, there are more drivers on the road meaning more factors that make summer time driving more dangerous. The NHTSA is urging drivers to be aware of the dangers and take proper precautions on the roads this summer.
According to the American Automobile Association (AAA), there are more teen drivers and drivers in general on the road during the summer. Record low fuel prices this year mean an increase in summer travel plans and traffic. Travel grid-lock can be unpleasant, but the AAA reminds motorists to plan ahead and be patient on the roads this summer.
Always remember to inspect your tires before a long trip, but especially in the summer heat. Hot weather causes the air inside tires to expand which can lead to a blowout. The AAA suggests checking tires regularly and having a tire inspection done monthly throughout the summer to avoid blowouts on the road.
Be cautious when driving in construction zones. Summer time is the most popular time for construction on the road and, according to the Federal Highway Administration (FHA), fatal work zone crashes occur most often in the summer. The FHA recommends drivers be extra alert in construction zones, never tailgate and obey the posted work zone speed limit.
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Even on the road, staying cool and avoiding heat-related illness is crucial during the summer months. The National Weather Service recommends drivers be well hydrated before and during a long trip by drinking plenty of water and wear light-weight, light-colored clothing which helps the body maintain temperatures.
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