Most people have some sort of exciting plan for the summer. Going to fairs and theme parks, spending time at the beach, or taking family vacations are things that many of us look forward to. The increase of people doing fun things during the summer also increases road traffic between Memorial Day and Labor Day.
This increase in traffic also means an increase in car accidents, which has earned this timeframe the nickname “The 100 Deadliest Days of Summer.” Due to the increased danger during the summer, there are some safety measures everyone should remember to take while on the road this summer.
Wear your seatbelt
On long road trips, drivers and passengers may look for anything to increase their comfort while spending long hours on the road. A common decision is to remove your seatbelt, but it can also be one of the deadliest. Your seatbelt is one of the few things in a car that will protect you in an accident, so be sure to keep it on at all times.
Limit driver distractions
Eating, adjusting the radio, updating the GPS, and using cell phones are some of the most prevalent distractions for drivers. You may think that a moment of looking at your GPS is not a big deal, but even a few seconds of your eyes off the road is like driving hundreds of yards blindfolded.
Obey traffic laws
Speeding, not using proper signals, and driving erratically are classic causes of car accidents. Just because you have been on the road for 10 hours does not mean the rules of the road do not apply to you anymore. Other drivers are less likely to recognize reckless driving when it happens, which can also cause accidents.
Everyone is excited to get to their next summer plan, but rushing recklessly on the road is a recipe for disaster. Make sure you get to your next exciting day by staying safe during the 100 deadliest days of summer.