Most people consider winter to be the most dangerous time for driving, Summer does, however, carry a range of risks that can lead to road accidents as bad, if not worse, than those caused by ice and snow. We take a look at some common summer problems for UK road users.
The glare of the sun, for instance, is responsible for many traffic accidents, in particular at dusk or dawn, when the sun is hanging low in clear skies.
One of the main causes of accidents on the road is fatigue. During the warm summer months, heat can induce fatigue much quicker than when it is cold.
Pollen counts tend to be especially high during the summer months, meaning hay fever sufferers have a particularly bad time. Sneezing at 70 miles per hour or more can have fatal consequences and streaming eyes may impair vision sufficiently to cause car crashes, too.
Embankments and verges tend to be bone dry. Carelessly discarded cigarette butts are enough to set them ablaze, posing a risk not only to wildlife and the countryside in general, but also to drivers, as smoke reduces visibility. While the blaze is being dealt with by emergency services, congestion also increases the risk of car accidents.
Congestion in itself is a problem, as the roads are packed with people heading off on their annual holidays. All too often, traffic related accidents are caused by drivers getting impatient when following caravans and taking unnecessary risks.
High summer temperatures take their toll on tyres, too. When tyres are under-inflated, extra friction further increases temperatures, which in turn can affect weak spots in the rubber and cause punctures or blow-outs. At speed, a tyre blow-out can easily cause a road traffic accident.
Summer time means farming is in full swing, so there will be many tractors about. Not required to have indicator or brake lights unless used during the night, they may suddenly turn or stop without warning. Unless safe distances are kept, this could easily lead to vehicle collisions.
Even a little rain after prolonged periods of dry weather can turn dust or mud collected on the road into a sludgy mess likely to cause as much skidding, and resulting accidents, as ice would.
If you are hurt in a motoring accident caused by another driver this summer, you could be entitled to driver injury compensation. Call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 for more information on claiming for compensation.
Date Published: April 27, 2015
Author: Accident Advice