What Are the 100 Deadliest Days of Summer?
The “100 Deadliest Days” is the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day and marks an uptick in fatal car crashes, especially those involving teen drivers. Not only are teenagers out of school and more likely to be on the roads, but they are also less experienced than other drivers and may not know how to handle dangerous situations on the roadways.
In addition, summer is a popular time for travel and road construction, so the roads may be more congested, and drivers may be lost or disoriented due to detours and unfamiliar streets.
Unfortunately, constant threats like speeding, distracted driving, drunk driving, and failing to wear a seatbelt do not go away during the summer, either.
How to Deal with Construction and Increased Traffic
When you head out, plan for increased traffic and delays. If you can, avoid construction zones and high-traffic areas. No matter what, pay close attention to signs and follow instructions, merging safely when lanes are closed.
Slow down and increase your following distance. Remember to be patient and stay focused on the task at hand. Practice defensive driving and try to anticipate dangerous situations before they happen.
Wear your seatbelt – your seatbelt is your number one defense against dangerous drivers!
Avoiding Risky Behaviors
Road congestion can be frustrating but try to stay calm. Follow the speed limit and all the rules of the road and don’t exhibit aggressive driving behaviors like speeding, tailgating, or weaving in and out of traffic.
If you attend parties and other celebrations, be responsible and NEVER get behind the wheel after consuming drugs or alcohol. Avoid distractions by programming your GPS, choosing your playlist, and setting the air conditioning ahead of time. Put your phone away while you are behind the wheel and do not text and drive.
Parents can help teens stay safe by talking about safe driving, setting an example, and creating rules and consequences. Teens may also benefit from driver’s education courses
Other Threats to Be Aware Of
Pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorcyclists may also be more abundant during the warm summer months. Check your blind spot and keep an eye out for people and smaller vehicles in intersections, parking lots, and when turning.
Summer is a tough time for your vehicle, as well. Be sure to schedule regular maintenance, check for recalls, and make sure your tires are inflated properly and have enough tread.
Never leave pets, children, or other passengers inside a hot car.
Prepare for the Worst
Whether you’re driving around town or going on a trip, keep plenty of drinking water in your car and keep your gas tank close to full whenever possible. Even if you take excellent care of your car, it could break down, so keep the following “emergency kit” in your vehicle:
- Cell phone and charger
- Nonperishable food, water, and medicine
- Jumper cables
- Flares and a white flag
- First aid kit
- Tire pressure gauge
- Supplies for changing a tire
- Basic repair tools (and duct tape)
- Extra clothes, towels, and blankets
You may also want to purchase a roadside assistance service like AAA and know who to call if a negligent driver causes an accident.
Foley Griffin, LLP is always here to help you recover after car accidents that are not your fault. If you need help recovering medical bills, missed wages, and other damages, call us at (888) 966-8480 or contact us online and schedule a free consultation.