Why Driving In The Summer Has Unexpected Dangers

July 15, 2022
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Summer driving can be enjoyable if you like driving with the windows down and a good tune on the radio, but there are certainly some hazards that occur only in the summer months that can lead to a New Haven auto accident.  Some hazards can be unexpected and dangerous to the driver and the passenger of the vehicle in different ways and knowing about them can help save a life.

When you head out onto the roads this summer you should take these hazards into account and try to avoid them if at all possible.  Avoiding these hazards can mean the difference between arriving to your destination safely or getting into a serious accident that could injure you or the people you are driving with.

Some of the hazards you should be on the lookout for when driving in the summer months include, but are not limited to the following;

1.) Unexpected thunderstorms:  Often during the summer months thunderstorms can pop-up out of nowhere and can at times be relatively severe in nature.  Storms in New England, in particular, can be serious enough to require that you pull over to the side of the road due to lack of visibility.  If you find yourself in the midst of one of these storms it would be smart to take a break from your drive and wait for the storm to pass.  The good news is that many of these storms are quick to pass and you can resume your drive in no time.

2.) Overheated tires: It is important before you hit the road to check the air pressure in your tires and make sure they are inflated to the manufacturer’s suggested tire pressure.  However, the summer weather and road conditions can make your tires overheat and therefore the air pressure rises in your tires.  This can often lead to overinflated tires which often lead to a tire blowout which can be dangerous and even deadly.

3.) Sun glare: As the summer months move on so too does the time of day that the sun rises and sets.  A setting sun or rising sun can present real issues for drivers who are trying to speed down a highway.  If you’re traveling at sun rise or sun set you may even find yourself needing to pull over your vehicle to avoid the severe glare of the sun.  At the very least you will need slow down significantly so you can see the cars in front of you as they speed up and slow down.

Driving in the summer may seem significantly safer than driving in the winter months but there remain hazards when you’re driving that can cause a New Haven auto accident.  Doing your best to avoid these hazards will help you avoid an accident or an injury, but of course no amount of precautions can protect you entirely from the dangers of driving during the summer months.

If you’ve been injured in an auto accident, you may need to speak with an attorney who is experienced with this type of injury or accident.  Contact our office and one of our experienced attorneys will reach out and work with you to protect your long-term interests.