05 Jul Did You Know that Your Risk of a Car Accident Increases in the Summer?
Over the past four decades, the incidence of car accidents in the U.S. sharply increases in June, remaining high through September, after which it drops off. In other words, there has been a consistent trend of collisions increasing through the summer months in the U.S., according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
While this may seem surprising on the surface, taking a look at some of the contributing facts can reveal just why you are more likely to be in a car crash during the summertime.
Here’s Why Summer Increases Your Risk of an Auto Wreck
More travelers are on the roads in general – In fact, there are usually more pedestrians, bicycle riders and motorcyclists sharing the roads with vehicles during the summertime. This can contribute to an increased risk of accidents, as it can complicate the driving conditions (in that there is more to pay attention to and look out for).
- More inexperienced drivers are on the roads – Among those who are traveling on the roads more often during the summer are newly licensed teen drivers, who have been estimated by researchers to be driving approximately 40 percent more when they are not in school. More inexperienced motorists on the roads for longer periods of time during the summer naturally also increases the risk of auto collisions during this season.
- More work crews are working on the roads – Highway work crews can divert traffic, set up detours and otherwise complicate driving conditions for motorists. Given that drivers may not always be 100 percent focused on the task of driving (let alone sober and alert), this too can increase the risks of collision.
- More heat can mean more stress on your vehicle, increasing the risk of equipment malfunctions – Extreme heat can cause vital vehicle equipment, including tires, to malfunction, potentially preventing motorists from being able to control their vehicles and, in turn, increasing the risks of collisions.
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