Warm weather brings about unique hazards for commercial drivers. Whether it be children chasing a ball into the street, a distracted teen driver, or a vacationer who is not used to pulling a camper, it is important to remind drivers of summer driving hazards so they can be prepared and take proper precautions.
Did You Know?
Motor vehicle crash deaths increase in the months of June through October. 5,014 motorcyclists were killed in 2019, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Motorcyclists, pedestrians, bicyclists, and more all increase in summer months due to warm weather. This presents additional hazards for our drivers to be cognizant of.
5 Summertime Hazards and Tips for Reducing Them
Pedestrians & Cyclists: Keep your eyes open for those walking, biking, and riding scooters, including those that could potentially be distracted. Also be aware that if another vehicle is stopped, they may be stopping for a pedestrian. Do not pass unless you are positive it is safe to do so.
Road Construction: Summer means more construction zones and more congested roadways. Stay alert and increase following distance so you react sooner to prevent a potential accident
Motorcyclists: Ridership increases in the summer and motorcycles are easily lost in other vehicles’ blind spots. Ensure your scan your mirrors regularly.
Teen Drivers: Summer is known as the one of the most dangerous times for teens on the road and is often referred to as the “100 deadliest days of summer”. Be alert of distracted drivers on the road and ensure you increase your following distance, as well as space around your vehicle, to anticipate the unsafe actions of others.
Vacationers: They may be distracted by their GPS, finding directions, etc. and are also more likely to make erratic driving maneuvers. Vacationers may also be rusty with larger vehicles they are driving. Ensure you allow them sufficient space and do not assume they are comfortable.