The summer is often an exciting time of year. With kids out of school for the season, family vacations are more common during these months. Unfortunately, the risk of car accidents also rises in the summer. According to the National Safety Council (NSC), August was the month with the most fatal crashes in 2019.
Here are some of the reasons there are more accidents in the summer:
1. Vacation Traffic
During the summer, many families set off on road trips. This increases the amount of traffic on the road and, as a result, increases the risk of car accidents. Areas around tourist attractions or popular destinations are more prone to this.
Additionally, some vacationers are driving recreational vehicles (RVs) or hauling boats/watercraft. If they are not used to driving large vehicles, this also increases the risk of a crash.
2. Teen Drivers
Teenage drivers are more prone to accidents. Those between ages 16 and 19 are the most high-risk age group when it comes to motor vehicle crashes. This is sometimes due to distractions, such as texting and driving, and can also be a result of inexperience.
More teenagers hit the road in the summer due to the school break. This contributes to the increased risk of accidents during this season.
3. Tire Blowouts
Hot summer temperatures can cause a variety of mechanical issues. One of the most common is tire blowouts. This is because as it gets hotter, there is more pressure on the air inside of your tires. A blowout can contribute to an accident, especially if you are traveling at a higher speed when it occurs.
4. Drinking and Driving
Drinking and driving is incredibly dangerous and may be more common during the summer. Fourth of July, Memorial Day, and other events/holidays often correlate to an increase in driving under the influence (DUI). No matter what time of year it is, you should never get behind the wheel if you’ve been drinking.
5. Weather Events
Summer is the peak season for many types of storms and adverse weather events. In Tucson specifically, we often get monsoons, flash floods, and dust storms. Other areas of the country are prone to hurricanes and tropical storms during the summer months. All of these can lower visibility and increase the chances of a crash.
Avoiding Summer Car Accidents
Knowing the risks above can help you get an idea of what to expect and plan ahead for the summer. Overall, the steps to take are similar year-round. You should always drive defensively, stay alert, and keep an eye out for hazards and changing road conditions.
Beyond that, here are some tips for the summer:
- When possible, avoid areas with high traffic.
- Drive more cautiously around large vehicles.
- Check your tire pressure regularly and keep up with your car’s maintenance.
- Avoid driving during holidays that are associated with spikes in drinking and driving.
- If there is an unexpected weather event, pull over and wait it out when it is safe to do so.
Car Accident Lawyers
Getting into an accident at any time of year can be a frightening experience. An experienced attorney can help you get the compensation you deserve after a crash.