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Driving in Summer Traffic

16 Jun Blog | Comments

It makes perfect sense that driving in the summer should be easier. With all of the schools out for the summer many people think that less traffic should equal less issues. And in a way they are correct because there is less traffic on the roads in some areas. However, there are increases in other different kinds of traffic. Those increases can actually make driving during the summer more challenging.

Pedestrians – During the summertime there are a lot more of them. Cars are not used to looking for people walking on the sidewalks or riding their bikes in the streets. This can create an issue because there are more accidents due to people not paying attention. So, if you are a pedestrian out walking or riding your bike sure you pay attention for cars on the road.

Vacation traffic – During the summertime months many people take advantage by going on vacation. So although there may not be more traffic in your city, in popular vacation spots the amount of traffic has increased immensely. It is important to not only be aware in traffic and to be more cautious but to also allow yourself more time getting from place to place in those areas. If you’re going to be driving to areas that are more busy due to it being a vacation spot to be even more so of a defensive driver.

Construction – The summer months allow for more construction to occur especially in places that have bad weather during the fall and winter. Construction zones create havoc as traffic gets backed up. The best solution here is to be aware that the construction is going to happen and give yourself extra time to get where you’re going.

More Police – Due to the increase in traffic in some areas and construction there are more police out on the roads during the summer months. Their job is to keep everyone safe and many times that includes passing out speeding tickets. They are especially visible in construction zones and during holiday weekends. In order to keep yourself from receiving a citation make sure you slow down and construction zones and don’t speed.

Other Vehicles – Summertime tends to encourage folks to get out other kinds of vehicles like motorcycles and motor-homes. Motorcycles can make things a bit trickier because they are hard to see sometimes. It is important to be aware that they are on the road and to look for them for switching lanes. It is also important to give them as much or more room than you would give a car. Motor-homes are pretty easy to spot and are more challenging to maneuver similar to a semi-truck. Your best defense here is to give them a lot of room and assume that they cannot see you so make sure you are extra cautious around them.

Summer is supposed to be fun, so just be aware that there’s different kinds of traffic and be extra cautious. No one wants to ruin their summer or someone else’s summer by ending up in an accident.

 

 

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