Summertime should be reserved for fun, relaxation and exploration, but it also presents increased driving hazards for motorists. California’s warm weather, long days and increased traffic can create a variety of potentially dangerous challenges.
High temperatures can cause motor vehicle accidents due to tire blowouts, overheating and battery failure. Furthermore, the sun can cause glare on the road, making it harder to see.
To avoid these hazards, ensure that your vehicle is well-maintained and that you stay hydrated while driving. Wearing sunglasses will reduce glare while using your sun visor will help block direct sunlight.
More pedestrians and cyclists
As the weather warms up, more people are out and about on foot or on their bicycles, rollerblades or skateboards. This can create hazards for drivers, especially in busy areas or tourist destinations.
Be alert and watch for pedestrians, cyclists and other road users, especially in crosswalks or on bike paths. Give them plenty of space and slow down when approaching areas where there may be increased foot traffic.
Summer is also a popular time for road construction projects, which can create traffic delays and driving hazards. Be aware of construction zones and obey all traffic signs and signals. Slow down and stay alert, as construction workers may be present on or near the road, some of which may be waving traffic down or directing motorists to detours.
Summertime often means more people on the road, as families take road trips and tourists flock to popular destinations. This can create traffic congestion, making it more challenging to get to your destination. Plan ahead and allow for extra time when traveling, so you are not rushing or speeding. Take breaks and stretch your legs to avoid driver fatigue, which can be dangerous.
In the summertime, animals come out of hibernation and search for food and water. This can create hazards for drivers, especially in rural or wooded areas.
Be alert for deer, bears and other wildlife, especially at dawn and dusk when they are most active. Use your high beams when possible to increase visibility, and avoid dangerous swerving if you encounter an animal on the road.