Following a brutal New England winter, Connecticut drivers are keen to enjoy the beautiful countryside in the summer. However, the warm weather and sunny skies also bring their fair share of driving hazards.
With more people traveling for vacation and outdoor activities, highways and city streets can become crowded with vehicles, leading to longer commute times and a higher risk of collisions. Drivers should be patient and devote extra time to their travel during the summer months.
Summer is also a peak time for road construction projects. Construction zones can be hazardous for drivers, with narrow lanes, uneven surfaces and unexpected lane closures. Reducing speed and following all posted signs and signals will ensure driver and construction worker safety.
Connecticut summers often come with thunderstorms which can quickly create hazardous road conditions for drivers. Wet roads can reduce visibility, increase stopping distance and make it easier to lose control of the vehicle. Drivers should reduce their traveling speed and increase following distance when driving on wet roads while also avoiding the use of cruise control.
With the abundance of summertime activities and events, drivers may be more likely to engage in distracted driving behaviors, such as using their cell phones, eating while driving or having involved conversations with passengers. Drivers must keep their focus on the road and avoid distractions.
Furthermore, consuming alcohol or engaging in reckless driving can cause motor vehicle accidents in the summer months as spirits are high. Maintaining a responsible stance on the road is crucial for preventing collisions.
Hot weather can cause tire blowouts, which can be dangerous, especially at high speeds. Before heading out on a long trip, drivers should inspect their tires for wear and tear and ensure that they are properly inflated. It is also important to avoid overloading the vehicle, as this can put extra stress on the tires.