It’s easy to think that driving during the winter is more dangerous than driving during the summer months. After all, there are icy roads, unpredictable weather, flooding, and other issues to contend with during other times of the year. But you might be surprised to learn that summer presents its own set of unique problems. In fact, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) notes that August 2013 had the highest number of fatal car accidents, followed by July and September. Rick Case Hyundai Duluth, your hometown Hyundai dealership in Duluth, Georgia, serving the greater metro Atlanta area, wants you to be safe out on our roadways this summer; so we’ve put together a helpful list of 10 ways to help you steer clear of summer driving hazards.
Watch out for teenage drivers – With school out for the summer more teens than ever are hitting the road. Their relative inexperience and sometimes questionable judgement behind the wheel is an accident waiting to happen, since teens are more likely to be involved in accidents than any other age group.
Drivers on vacation – The summer months are times to get away and that means highways filled with vacationers who are unfamiliar with local roads. People are anxious to get to their destinations, causing erratic driving. Or, some drivers may drive too slowly which also can be hazardous. Tire blowouts – Increased temperatures directly affect tire pressure. That’s why it’s very important to make sure your tires are properly inflated to the correct pressure. Also be sure to visually inspect tires for any signs of wear; including cracks in the sidewall, tread depth, uneven wear, or bald spots. Construction zones – Many municipalities do a lot of roadwork in the summer months. You should be especially cautious driving in construction areas which have statistically higher fatalities, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Be careful of cyclists and motorcycles – The summer months bring out bicyclists and motorcyclists in droves eager to enjoy the warmer weather. They present their own set of problems. They’re harder to see, and can creep up on you when you least expect it. Be sure to give them plenty of extra space and be extra careful when turning or parking. Overheated engines – Increased temperatures outside means increased temperatures inside. Before heading out this summer, check your engine coolant, hoses, and belts to make sure everything is in working order. It’s also a good idea to have your air conditioning professionally checked as well. And be sure to carry enough water to stay hydrated on long summer trips. Speeding and drowsy drivers – People wanting to get to their summer destination may push their driving endurance to the limit. According to a recent study conducted by the AAA Foundation, two out of five drivers report having fallen asleep while driving on at least on occasion. Approximately one in six fatal crashes involves a drowsy driver. Speed, too, is a killer. In fact, speeding drivers contribute to more accidents and fatalities than practically anything else. Hitting an animal – Animal activity increases in the summer and the likelihood of hitting an errant animal on the roadway also goes up as a result. In fact, the number of collisions between deer and vehicles increased dramatically from July 2008 and June 2010, according to State Farm Insurance. To lower your risk, turn on your high beams and be extra vigilant for animals in the early morning and evening hours. Hydroplaning – Summer weather means summer showers. A very real threat is when your tires lose contact with the road in wet weather. It’s important to slow down in the rain and make sure your wipers are working properly as well. More potholes – The changeover from winter to summer, along with increased traffic, stresses the asphalt resulting in a general increase of potholes which can cause blowouts, car damage, and accidents. Some potholes are unavoidable, of course, but just being more aware may help you miss them. Avoid High Summer Prices at Rick Case Hyundai Duluth When the temperature heats up the prices cool down at Rick Case Hyundai Duluth. Summertime is the time to save, with special financing, manager markdowns, and factory incentives on our entire inventory of new 2015 Hyundais. And one of the best ways to stay safe on the road this summer is to take your car into our Service Department and let our trained technicians give it a summer safety inspection. You’ll even receive a FREE Rick Case Rewards Card just for stopping in. Our Duluth Hyundai dealership is conveniently located at 3180 Satellite Blvd., NW, Duluth, GA 30096. For Sales, please call 888-552-8245. For Service, please call 888-388-4863. Sources: https://www.esurance.com/info/car/dangers-of-summer-driving http://www.rd.com/advice/how-to-avoid-5-costly-summer-driving-hazards/ http://www.safehighways.org/safe-highway-matters/spring-2010-3/top-5-summer-driving-hazards/