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Summertime hazards that increase risk of traffic accidents

| May 26, 2021 | Car Accidents |

There is a statistically higher likelihood of you getting into a car accident during the months of July and August in Melbourne, Florida. Therefore, it makes sense that you’d want to know tips for driving safely during these summer months.

Your engine is prone to overheating during the summer.

Just like a tire blowing out, the heat of summer can cause your engine to break down or worse. To prevent your engine from overheating, there are certain tips you should keep in mind. Remember to have your oil changed before summer and check on your engine’s coolants frequently. If your engine overheats, pull over and dial 911. Then, wait about half an hour for the engine to cool down.

Humidity can play a role.

Raining and flooding during the summer are large contributing factors to car accidents. Some studies estimate that 73% of motor vehicle accidents occur on wet roads. This is partly due to the fact that puddles lessen tire traction, which can then lead to hydroplaning. In order to avoid getting into an accident during rainy weather, you can behave cautiously a few minutes after rainfall, because this is when road conditions are slipperiest. If your vehicle hydroplanes, remember to turn the wheel until you have control over it again.

Summer months are prime mating times for animals.

During the warmer months, animals are leaving their hibernation spots in search of a mate. Thus, there are more animals around, which could increase the risk of getting into an accident with one. Hitting animals coming out of hibernation is a common cause of motor vehicle accidents. To avoid this, try to stay away from driving during dawn or dusk hours, as most animals are more active during that time. You should also pay special attention to any animal crossing signs you see as you drive.

Getting into an accident during the summer, when you want to enjoy a vacation, is something that you want to avoid at all costs. If you keep the aforementioned tips in mind, you are far less likely to get in a crash.

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