Most Car Wrecks Happen in Summer
Written by greg on June 6, 2019
Driving always comes with some inherent dangers; however, the summer months are the most hazardous on our roadways. The 100-day period of time from Memorial Day through Labor Day is the most treacherous, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Traffic spikes in the summer and especially on holiday weekends such as Memorial Day, Independence Day, and Labor Day. It is important that you take special care on the roads during these periods and all summer long.
What Not to do Behind the Wheel
Texting while driving is against the law and is one of the most common causes of accidents. In addition to texting, Reader’s Digest published an article listing some things you should not do while driving. Some of the important things to keep in mind include:
- Do not eat or drink when driving
- Do not wear headphones
- Do not drive with the music blaring
- Do not keep loose items in your car
- Do not apply makeup
- Do not drive barefoot
- Do not argue
Driving for long periods of time can make you tired and can keep you from being as alert as possible. When you get tired, stop for a rest and to get some fresh air and exercise. Distractions can make you less able to react to other drivers and prevent you from driving defensively. When you take your eyes off the road for just five seconds you could end up traveling the length of several football fields. There are several types of distractions that you should avoid.
Avoid Distractions While Driving
Distracted driving includes any situation in which you are not paying complete attention to the road. There are three types of distractions including taking your eyes off the road, your hands off the wheel, and your mind off the task of driving. Some types of distractions take all of your senses away from the road and make driving more dangerous. Texting is an example of an activity that encompasses all three types of distractions, making it extremely unsafe. Not only do you need to stay focused, but you should drive defensively, especially during the summer.
Defensive driving requires you to pay close attention to other drivers on the road and anticipate potential problems. This allows you to avoid accidents and other situations. Do not drive unless you are completely rested and ready to pay attention to the road. Check your route ahead of time so you do not have to fiddle with your GPS unit. When you drive with children, make sure that you provide them with plenty to do so they do not require your attention while you are driving. If you and your passengers are involved in a heated discussion, pull over. Do not get behind the wheel when you are angry because it can cause you to drive erratically.
If you are involved in an accident, call the police and get medical treatment for any injuries. You may be owed money for your injuries from the negligent party.
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