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Summer Equals More Traffic

31 May Blog | Comments

In most cities in the United States schools are in session nine months out of the year. Also in most cities in the United States those nine months are about to expire, meaning summer is almost here. Summer means lots of different things, but for the purposes of our article summer equals more traffic.

More traffic can also mean lots of different things. It means more people are on the roads. It means there can be more accidents. It also means there’s lots of different kinds of traffic. For example, in certain parts of the United States motorcycles can only ride in the summertime. The same holds true for bicycles. Adding motorcycles and bicycles to the flow of traffic isn’t bad it just means there is more traffic to be aware of.

If you are a defensive driver you will have the advantage because you are already very aware of what is going on around you. You look ahead to see if there are people waiting to cross the street. You look around you to see if there are motorcycles, bicycles, or other types of vehicles.

During the summer lots of people take vacations. People drive cars full to the brim with luggage. People drive campers, sometimes with cars on the back. People drive trucks with boats or jet skis attached by a hitch. These examples, add not only more traffic but also adds a different kind of traffic into the mix of what is on the road.

Summertime also means more pedestrian traffic. People who have been “locked up” all winter want to get out. They do that by going for bike rides, walks and trips to the park. With more people out and about it is really important to pay attention when you are driving. You have to look both ways and then look both ways again before entering an intersection.

The only major negatives that can be tied to more traffic, are from traffic jams and those darn orange barrels. Summer, for many states, means construction and that can cause traffic jams. The orange barrels slow traffic down and many times eliminate lanes creating those pesky traffic jams. So, along with being aware of your surroundings you need to also be aware of the possibility of it taking you longer to get to certain places. There are some great apps out there that can alert you to construction and take you on a route to avoid that construction.

It takes everyone time to re-adjust to kids being out of school resulting in more people being out on the road, be it by vehicle or as a pedestrian. So realize what time of year it is and be more cautious. Look for the family taking a walk, or the jogger running down the street. Watch for the biker turning onto the main road. Pay attention for the teenagers, who aren’t paying attention and cross the street when they shouldn’t. In general, remember summer equals more traffic and keep your eyes open.

 

 

 

 

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