According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, August
is actually the most dangerous month to drive. That’s right—not
December or January when ice covered roads make for treacherous travel. More
motor vehicle accidents occur in August than in any other month of the year, partly due to the
increased number of drivers on the roadways.
August is notoriously a slow month for many companies, prompting employees
and their families to take their summer vacations before the kids head
back to school. In addition, increased glare, distracted driving, and
fatigued travelers all increase the likelihood of sustaining
serious injuries in a catastrophic Florida car accident.
So what can you do to prevent a car crash this summer? For starters, you
can follow these simple safety tips for summer driving:
Check your tires regularly: According to the Weather Channel, tire care is especially important in
summer months because long road trips combined with higher temperatures
can put additional strain on your tires. Be sure your tires are properly
inflated and avoid overloading your car when you go on long road trips.
If there is not enough tread left on your tires, be sure to change them
prior to traveling. Tires that are not safe can cause serious car crashes
and can prevent drivers from braking in time to avoid a collision.
Be Prepared for Pop-up Storms: In the summer months, storms can seem to pop up out of nowhere. Flash
floods, tornadoes, and heavy rain can all create dangerous driving conditions.
Before venturing out, make sure you are aware of any dangerous weather
storms that may be approaching.
Slow Down on Rain-slicked Streets: Hydroplaning is a frightening experience and can cause serious and fatal
car crashes. In order to prevent skids, drive at a slow and careful speed
and avoid braking hard. When you do need to stop, maintain a mild pressure
on the brakes and allow a large distance between you and the vehicle in
front of you. If you do find yourself hydroplaning, do not brake suddenly
or turn your vehicle. Instead, ease your foot off the gas pedal and try
to feel the road again. If you have to brake, make sure you pump the brakes
lightly—DO NOT BRAKE HARD. If your car has anti-lock brakes then
brake normally; your car is equipped to pump the brakes for you.
Avoid Drinking and Driving: It is never okay to drink and drive. Intoxicated drivers kill over 10,000
people every year. If you are at a summer party where alcohol is being
served, be sure you have a designated driver or the phone number to a
cab company. Even if you don’t drink and drive, be aware that many
people in Florida still do, and they continue to put themselves and everyone
around them at risk. As such, it is important to drive defensively.
Avoid Distractions: Distractions are everywhere—from the kids in your car to the iPhone
in your lap. These distractions make it more difficult to drive safely
and responsibly. When venturing out this summer, try to minimize distractions
by leaving your cellphone in your glove compartment and give excitable
children some quiet games and books to read instead. Even taking your
eyes off the road for a minute can cause a Florida car accident.
Maintain a Safe Following Distance: Many catastrophic summer accidents can be prevented simply by following
the 3 second rule. In general, you should be three seconds behind the
car in front of you. To calculate this, find a fixed object on the road
(a street sign, an intersection, or a tree) and begin counting when the
vehicle in front of you passes the object. If you reach the object before
three seconds is up, then you are following too closely.
Slow Down Even in Beautiful Weather: While the majority of us will slow down when the weather gets bad, it
is important to maintain safe driving speeds at all times. Speeding is
the number one cause of car crashes across the United States.
By following these simple safety rules, you can prevent catastrophic car
crashes from occurring. If you or someone you love is injured in a car
accident, it is important to contact a Fort Lauderdale car accident lawyer
immediately. At Kelley/Uustal, we are ready to help you after a devastating
car accident. Contact us today for a
free initial consultation and review of your case.