Drivers are at a higher risk of an accident during the summer months. If you’re planning on going on road trips this summer, it would be wise for you to familiarize yourself with different hazards that can increase your risk of an accident. Here are four things to watch out for when driving during the summer in Minnesota and Western Wisconsin.
During the summer, there is a lot of construction work being done. Due to the warm weather, many companies try to get all of their construction out of the way before the colder winter months arrive.
All this construction may cause some streets to get blocked off due to construction zones, which can congest the flow of traffic which may lead to more motor vehicle accidents. Lots of construction can also mean that there will be more debris on the road, which can also affect drivers.
There will be a lot of teenagers on summer vacation that have just recently begun to drive. This influx of inexperienced drivers can present a huge danger to everyone on the road, due to the fact that they haven’t had much experience driving, so they are more likely to make rookie mistakes. These young, inexperienced drivers are also more likely to get distracted while driving, especially if they’re going somewhere with a bunch of their friends.
More people on the road
Not only will there be a lot of inexperienced drivers on the road, but there will also be more cyclists, motorcycles and pedestrians. People like to go out when it’s a warm and sunny day, so you’ll need to keep that in mind and be extra alert and aware of your surroundings so that you don’t accidentally bump into a cyclist or lose control trying to avoid hitting a pedestrian.
In some areas, the increase in heat can lead to unpredictable weather. Sudden heavy rainfall can lead to flash flooding, which is not good because it can cause your car to hydroplane.
Don’t let these things discourage you from having an exciting and adventurous summer. You just need to keep these things in mind to reduce your chances of ending up in an accident.