Summer may be the best time for a family vacation. But it’s also one of the most important times to pay close attention to the road.
This is because AAA has dubbed the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day the 100 Deadliest Days on American roads. In South Carolina alone there was a car accident every four minutes in 2015.
During the summer months, teenagers are out of school and on the roads, increasing the amount of traffic. What’s more, families are on the road for vacations coming to and from airports or headed out on road trips.
To help keep you safe this summer, here’s how you can reduce your risk of getting into an accident on the road.
Pay close attention to the roads
You may have heard that just because you’re paying attention to the road doesn’t mean everyone else is. This is a good saying to remember during the summer months if not the rest of the year.
During the summer, many teenagers will be driving on the road. Teenagers are still learning to drive, which means they’re more likely to be distracted.
Be sure that you’re not distracted yourself when you’re on the road. The faster your reaction time in the event of an accident, the less likely you are to be surprised by a sudden action on the road.
If you find yourself hurt by another driver, don’t hesitate to contact a car accident attorney Columbia SC trusts.
Be ready for traffic
During the summer months, teenagers and college drivers are more likely to be on the road. This increases the amount of traffic you may experience on your way to and on your way home from work.
Additionally, road construction is more likely to happen during the summer months. This is because the weather is drier compared to the weather in spring.
To help reduce the risk of getting into an accident, give yourself extra time to get to your destination. This will help to reduce frustration, and we all know that a frustrated driver is less safe.
Keep an eye out for motorcyclists
Motorcyclists are most often on the road between the spring and summer months. Unfortunately, motorcyclists are difficult to see in motorists’ rearview mirrors. They also tend to move faster and stop more quickly compared to the average vehicle.
That said, be sure to not only look twice in your rear-view mirror for motorcyclists. But also to be more than one car-length behind a motorcycle to give yourself more time for a sudden stop.
If you’ve been hurt by another driver due to negligence or otherwise, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills or property damage. To learn more about what to do after you’ve been hit by a car and/or hurt by another driver, contact a professional auto accident attorney for a consultation at Best and Flatt today.
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