Most people hit the road during the summer months to enjoy the weather with road trips or a visit to their favorite nearby outdoor destination. However, the warm weather and carefree attitude that comes with it hide dangers for Massachusetts motorists. With more people on the road, changes in weather conditions, and other hazards, it’s important to be aware of the potential dangers and take precautions to stay safe.
With schools out and more people on vacation, the roads are often more congested than during other times of the year. This increase in traffic can lead to longer travel times and result in greater frustration, factors that come with a higher risk of car crashes.
Road construction projects
Many road construction projects tend to occur during the summer, resulting in detours, lane closures and other obstacles that can make driving more unpredictable. It’s crucial to be aware of these potential hazards and plan your route accordingly.
High temperatures can cause tire blowouts, while the intense heat can lead to fatigue and dehydration, impairing your ability to drive safely. To combat these dangers, ensure your tires are properly inflated and take breaks to stay hydrated and refreshed.
Thunderstorms are also common during the summer months and create dangerous driving conditions. Heavy rain can reduce visibility, and lightning strikes can cause power outages that affect traffic lights and other important infrastructure. Slowing down and being extra cautious when driving in stormy conditions will ensure you have time to react to possible dangers.
Many animals tend to be more active during the summer, which can increase collisions. Be aware of the potential for wildlife encounters and slow down if you see animals near the road. This will help you avoid swerving dangerously if an animal crosses your path.
Keeping your summer driving safe
Summertime driving hazards can be dangerous and even life-threatening if you’re unprepared. By avoiding the temptation to allow for the lowering of your inhibitions and compromising your awareness, you can ensure your summer road trips are safe and without incident.
Share the road safely by keeping an eye out for motorcycles now that the nice weather has arrived.
This is prime season for cycling. Watch out for bikes, and pay careful attention when driving in neighborhoods where children are riding bikes.
Many cities and towns have designated bike lanes. Always be careful when pulling in and out of a bike lane, and when exiting your vehicle.