Summer should be a fun time filled with lazy days on the beach and activities that take advantage of the long, warm evenings. In order to get the most out of your plans this year, it’s important to keep safety in mind, especially when you go out on the road. The stretch of time after Memorial Day is known as the “100 deadliest days” of the summer driving season for young drivers, and according to data collected over the past five years from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), over 10 people die every day in crashes involving teens. Everyone starts out as an inexperienced driver, but that just means it’s vital to have as much safety information as possible to mitigate the risks.
- School’s Out for Summer: College students are back home, and high school students are unleashed from their classrooms for the summer. Some of them will be sitting behind the wheel for the first time in their lives, which only increases the risks associated with inexperienced drivers. Keep your eyes out for signs of new drivers, be prepared to be patient on the road if you’re stuck behind one, and give them plenty of space to avoid collisions.
- Risk of Tire Blowouts: The hotter the weather, the more your tires will expand. This is a basic scientific principle, and it can have devastating effects on your tires if not properly managed. While many cars have warning lights to signal when an issue is causing potential problems, the safest option is to pull into a gas station to check the pressure yourself. At most, it should only cost a few quarters to do a full inspection, far less than what you could end up paying if a blowout causes a crash.
- Keep Your Eyes Out for Construction: Summer is a popular time for road construction which can shut down multiple lanes at a time, or even off and on-ramps to highways. Along with increasing congestion and causing endless headaches, road conditions may change at a moment’s notice. The New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) has a schedule of their street and roadway construction projects available online so you won’t be caught unaware when you’re out on the road.
- Nice Weather for a Bike Ride: Physical activity is important to staying healthy, but as a motorist, it’s important to be aware that this can mean an increase in cyclists sharing the road. The summer months are particularly inviting, especially for companies offering cycling tours. Whether they’re familiar with the city or not, this potential increase in cyclists should be noted by every driver.
- Just Here for a Visit: NYC is one of the biggest cities in the world, so it shouldn’t be surprising to hear that it’s also one of the most popular tourist destinations. Whether these people – who are lately unfamiliar with the city – are using a car, bicycle, moped, or if they’re just experiencing the sights on foot, it’s important to keep an eye out for potential hazards they may create.
- The Temperature: Summer temperatures in NYC can get to unbearable levels, and last year was the hottest on record. Keeping cool and staying hydrated are vital parts of making sure you’re healthy this year. Pay attention to how you feel on the road; if you think you may be suffering from dehydration, pull over and take care of your body. Failure to do so will only increase your risk of getting in an accident.
In an ideal world, auto accidents would be eliminated completely. Unfortunately, they still cause injuries every day, and often times are the fault of a negligent driver. If you or a loved one was injured in an accident, contact our vehicle accident attorneys at The Perecman Firm, P.L.L.C. Our New York City lawyers have recovered over $200 million in settlements and verdicts, and offer free case evaluations in order to discuss your potential case.