New York drivers spend more time in traffic than almost anyone else in the U.S. In May, the New York Department of Health released the Teen Driving Safety Toolkit ahead of the 100 deadliest days of summer. The time between Memorial Day and Labor Day is dubbed the 100 deadliest days of summer because of the increased number of young drivers, aged 15 to 20, on the road. Younger drivers aside, there are several summer hazards on the roads.
Summertime driving hazards
The increased heat in the summer can create several mechanical issues for older vehicles. Blowouts become more common as tire pressure builds with higher temperatures. A tire blowout could lead to a serious accident while traveling at high speeds. Vehicles are also more susceptible to engines overheating in hotter temperatures. Much like the tires, heat can expand and further erode potholes. Increased construction in the summer season could create additional roadway hazards.
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Inclement weather is another driving hazard to be aware of during summer. Rain and floods in the summertime can still result in hydroplaning, especially during the initial onset of the storm. Nearly three out of four car accidents occur on wet pavement and almost one out of two occur during the rain. In the Midwest, hail storms commonly occur during the summer season. Animals, pedestrians and bicyclists are other common roadway hazards during the summer.
Motorcyclists are also more likely to be on the roadways during summer. The best way to avoid many of these hazards is to be extra vigilant in checking the surroundings and blind spots. Vacation traffic is also worth looking out for. Sometimes it’s easier to plan around these potential hazards to minimize the risks.