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Staying safe on New York roads this summer

On Behalf of | Jun 3, 2024 | Car Accidents

Summer is a prime time for travel, but it also inspires unique challenges on the busy roads of New York. With increased traffic, more pedestrians and fluctuating weather conditions, it’s important to take extra precautions to stay safe. 

For example, before hitting the road, you’ll want to plan your route carefully. Summer often inspires significant road construction and closures, which cause unexpected detours. Use GPS and traffic apps to stay updated on road conditions and plan other ways to get where you’re going, if necessary. This preparation can help you avoid congestion and reduce the stress of unexpected changes.

Keep in mind that the summer heat can put unique pressure on your vehicle. Ensure your car is in good condition by checking the tire pressure, oil levels and coolant as often as necessary. As overheating is a common issue during the summer months, so make sure your cooling system is functioning properly. Regular maintenance can prevent breakdowns and accidents alike. 

While you’re driving

Always be on the lookout for people crossing the street or biking alongside traffic. Be especially cautious in densely populated areas and near parks or beaches, which are high-traffic areas in the summer. Summer roads can be busy, and speeding increases the risk of accidents. Pay attention to speed limits and adjust your speed according to traffic conditions and weather. 

Also, remember that distracted driving is a leading cause of accidents. Avoid using your phone, eating or engaging in any activity that takes your focus away from the road. If you need to make a call or send a text, pull over safely first. 

Staying safe on New York roads this summer requires careful planning, vehicle maintenance and vigilance. By focusing on these realities, you’ll be less likely to get into a crash, and less likely to incur liability if one occurs.