When many Oklahoma motorists think about the most dangerous times of year to be on the road, they think about the icy conditions of winter. However, there are plenty of summertime driving hazards. If you’re planning your summer road trip, be aware of these four common causes of summertime car accidents.
More motorcycles on the road
Summertime increases the number of motorcycles on the roadways, which leads to an increase in motor vehicle accidents involving motorcycles. According to studies, there are more motorcycles on the road today than ever before. Maintaining a safe distance between your vehicle and a motorcycle is the most effective way to reduce the likelihood of an accident involving a motorcycle.
Roadwork increases traffic
State and local governments typically schedule road construction projects for the summer months to avoid adverse weather conditions. Unfortunately, these projects often include detours and changes to the flow of traffic. The most effective way to avoid this type of accident is to pay close attention to signs that indicate that you are approaching an area where people are working.
Longer days and warmer temperatures don’t only lead to more motorcycles being on the road. Better conditions also lead to more pedestrians as people go out to enjoy a nice walk. Unfortunately, these pedestrians often use their phones, talk to someone with them or take part in another distracting activity, leading to an increased number of car incidents involving pedestrians.
Watch out for bicycles
Since bicycles are much quieter than motorcycles, they are significantly harder to see. Most people involved in serious bicycle accidents are adults, and studies indicate that 70% of those accidents take place in urban areas where the roadways are more crowded.
Each of these challenges makes summertime a dangerous time to be on the roads. Avoiding distractions and focusing on what’s going on around your vehicle is the most effective way to avoid getting into an accident.