Summer is when many people hit the road for vacations or other activities. While summer driving can be enjoyable in Virginia, it’s crucial to be aware of the hazards that often come with warmer weather and longer days.
With more people hitting the road for summer vacation, patience is the best ally. Leave earlier than usual to give yourself extra time to reach your destination, and avoid rush hour congestion if possible.
The heat of summer can take a toll on your tires, increasing the risk of motor vehicle accidents. To reduce your risk of a tire blowout, check your tire pressure regularly and keep your tires properly inflated. Also, be aware of the age of your tires and be sure to replace them if they have more than the manufacturer’s recommended mileage.
Summer is when many road construction projects happen, creating hazards for drivers. Be aware of construction zones and reduce your speed accordingly. Furthermore, watch for signs and be alert for workers.
The summer sun can cause significant glare on the road, making it difficult to see and increasing the risk of accidents. Keep a pair of sunglasses handy to help you deal with the glare. Also, keep your windshield clean to minimize the effect of the sun on your line of sight.
Summer is a time when many animals naturally become more active. Watch for signs warning motorists of wildlife in the area and reduce your speed accordingly. Dawn and dusk are the times when animals are most likely to cross paths with drivers and require the greatest degree of caution.
Pedestrians and bicyclists
Pedestrians, cyclists and those out with rollerblades, scooters and skateboards are more active when the weather is pleasant and warm. Watch for pedestrians, bicyclists, and other road users, especially in residential areas, parks, or beaches.
Heat stroke and dehydration
Driving in a hot car for long periods can lead to heat stroke and dehydration. Keep your car cool with air conditioning or by opening the windows and drinking plenty of water to keep your body hydrated.
Staying safe on the road
There’s no need for traffic hazards to put a dent in your carefree summer excursion. Taking extra precautions and staying alert when driving can help guarantee a safe and enjoyable summer on the road.