If you’re a seasoned driver, you’ve probably noticed that the weather can have a serious impact on driving conditions. Winter tends to be a treacherous time for drivers, but there are most definitely hazards during the summer too.
If you’re eager to avoid road traffic accidents this summer, bear these driving safety tips in mind.
Driving hazards during the summer
In the summer, the weather tends to be kinder to drivers, but there are risks associated with driving in warmer weather.
The sun can be a major hazard. Much as we love driving around with the windows down and the music playing on a sunny day, the bright glare of the sun can make it almost impossible to see.
It’s harder to judge distances and speeds and its also difficult to see the road ahead and any instructions from other drivers. In broad daylight, you may struggle to see indicators, for example, which may increase the risk of a collision on the road.
When it’s nice outside, you also tend to find that more people get out and about. This includes cyclists, children playing and people enjoying a hack on their ponies. Bikes, children and horses are predominant hazards during the summer for drivers, especially on country roads, where visibility can be poor due to sharp bends and blind corners. Reduce your speed to avoid car crash accidents.
In the summer, you may also encounter traffic jams on major roads leading to popular tourist spots. There may also be more caravans and motorbikes on the roads, which present typically seasonal hazards during the summer.
Staying safe despite hazards during the summer
If you are driving on a hot and sunny day, bear these tips in mind to reduce the risk of a car crash:
- Wear sunglasses
- Keep your distance from cyclists and horse riders
- Always check your mirrors and your blind spot before moving off, slowing down or changing lane
- Pay attention to the road at all times
- Drive according to the speed limit
- Never drink and drive
- Be patient if you get stuck behind a tractor or a slow-moving vehicle, such as a caravan
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Date Published: April 6, 2016
Author: Accident Advice