According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, summertime has the highest number of traffic deaths.
According to the IIHS, 35,000 traffic deaths occur in the U.S. each year. Of that number, just 6% happen during snowy months like February. By the summer months of July and June, this figure has risen to 9% per month. It reaches a peak of 10% in August.
As the weather cools, traffic deaths begin to decrease again after August. These statistics are counterintuitive, to say the least. Most people would predict that winter driving would be the most dangerous and lead to the highest number of fatalities. What is it about summer driving which makes it so hazardous?
There are more drivers on the roads
It’s a fact that there are more drivers on the road during the summer than any other time. The mere fact that more people are on the roads during summer increases the chances of an accident. Congested roads can make driving more difficult and lead to road rage. Tourists may be unfamiliar with their surroundings, which can lead to more unpredictable and erratic driving. Tourists may also drive slower because they are unfamiliar with the road and looking for turnoffs or directions.
AAA reports that there are also a greater number of tire blowouts during the summer than any other season. The hot weather can cause your tire tread to wear out much more quickly, as well as cause it to blow out. Check your tire pressure and tread depth before you embark on any long driving trip.
There are more teenagers on the roads
Summer vacations also bring out a lot more teenagers on the roads. The increased number of traffic accidents is also a result of the more inexperienced drivers. Statistics show that teens are the most likely to be involved in a traffic accident compared to other age groups.
Summer is the peak time for road construction, as most drivers know. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports that the Center for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that the construction and maintenance work zones on roadways resulted in an average of 775 deaths in 10 years. These work zones are a high-risk area for accidents because workers are exposed.
On the road, you can see motorcycles and bicycles.
Summer is a great time to ride a bike or motocycle because the weather conditions are more conducive. Drivers must share the road, therefore, with vulnerable motorcyclists or bicyclists. There are about 1,000 traffic fatalities each year involving motor vehicles and motorcycles.I t is important that auto drivers are aware of this group and share the road with them safely.
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