Workers are cashing in vacation time and students are getting to enjoy some time away from school. It’s just one of the positives about the summer season. With the pros though, come the cons.
During this time of year, we typically see an increase in the risks for car accidents in Boca Raton and elsewhere. It’s more important than ever for drivers to be on their best behavior behind the wheel. Nationwide, there’s a spike in the number of accidents during high summer — year after year.
To help to eliminate some of these risks for you, officials with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) offer some Cool Tips for a Safe Summer Trip. Summer time produces the most car accidents in most areas of the nation. May through August report the most frequent fatal accidents.
Every year, there are about 35,000 people who are killed in car accidents. Safe driving advocates estimate that about half of these victims could be alive today if more people wore seat belts.
Another common contributor for fatal accidents in speed. About a third of all fatal accidents involve a speeding driver. These kinds of accidents kills about 1,000 people every month. These accidents also run up a tab of about $40 billion each and every year. Drivers are urged to slow it down. Leave early to allow plenty of time to get to your destination.
Lastly, a major factor in accidents during the summer months is drunk drivers. These drivers account for about a third of all drivers involved in fatal crashes. There’s never a good reason to get behind the wheel after consuming alcohol. There are plenty of other safe and sober ways to get home.
Cool Tips for a Safe Summer Trip:
-Distractions aren’t worth it. About 80 percent of accidents are reportedly the result of a distracted driver. Distractions can include a cell phone, a text messaging device, a GPS, the radio or CD player, a passenger or any other activity that takes your mind off of the task at hand — driving.
-Make sure everyone is buckled up in your vehicle during every car ride. If you’re not buckled up in the event of an accident, you can easily be sent through the window. Wearing your seat belt is one of the best defenses again death in the event of an accident.
-Make sure you’re aware of the road laws in the states you’ll be traveling to. Not all states have the same laws. Make sure you educate yourself on these laws and you abide by them when traveling.
-Avoid driving if you’ve been drinking or have been taking mood-altering drugs. Any and all consumption of alcohol hinders your ability to drive safely. If you’ve been drinking, find a sober ride home. You can call a friend or a family member, you can take the bus or another form of public transportation or you can just sleep over at a friend of a family members’ house.