Long car rides and the summer go hand-in-hand for many people. You don’t even need a destination for a nice weekend drive, just good company and good weather. While the summer is a wonderful time to go out for a cruise to enjoy the local scenery and spend time with your favorite people, it is also a time when your risk for a car crash goes up.
More crashes, including more fatal crashes, occur during the summer months every year than during the cooler seasons. Although the winter months may feature the worst weather in much of the country, the summer months still see a marked increase in traffic fatalities when compared to the winter. Why does warmer weather come with more crash risk?
The teens are out of school
Young adult drivers don’t have the experience necessary to handle high-stress traffic situations appropriately, and they are more prone to distraction and other risks than the average driver. Young adults are usually only on the road during certain times of day throughout the school year, but that changes in the summer.
Teens have the entire day to themselves if they don’t work a job or participate in summer sports. They may be out on the road with friends just to get out of the house. They could also be on their way home after a wild party. Late at night and even the morning after a party, teen drivers could get behind the wheel while under the influence of alcohol and cause a serious wreck.
Drinking often increases in the summer months
Teenagers aren’t the only ones more likely to party when the weather gets warm. There are many adults who will overindulge throughout the summer, especially around certain holidays, including the Fourth of July.
Alcohol consumption, trying to squeeze in a weekend trip with the family while still working full-time and texting while on your way to meet up with friends are all examples of ways you could casually increase your crash risk during the summer months without even realizing the impact of your actions.
Identifying factors that influence your risk of a motor vehicle collision can help you and the people you love stay safe this summer.