Summer Road Hazards: 4 Tips to Stay Safe

As a new season approaches, so does a new set of driving risks.

More drivers are hitting the roads and highways to head out for a vacation or just a day away from the house. Many are driving farther distances to take advantage of longer periods of sunlight. Summer also brings out more orange barrels as construction zones pop up across the country.

Here are four helpful tips to keep you and your fellow summer drivers safe from common road hazards:

truck driving in summer

  1. Check the weather reports daily. Mother Nature can be very temperamental! Thunderstorms and tornadoes can pop up out of nowhere. Moisture and oils can also make for slick road conditions.
  2. Make sure your wiper blades are in good working condition. The residue and salt from harsh winters can impact the effectiveness of the blades. This should be checked as part of your daily pre-trip and post-trip inspections.
  3. Be cautious around construction zones. Work zones are more abundant and active in the spring and summer months. Map out where these areas are and prepare to slow down ahead of time. Obey all construction signs and be mindful of workers in these zones.
  4. Always drive defensively. Spring and summer breaks mean a large influx of travelers on the road. Some people may be unfamiliar with their surroundings and unaware of road hazards around them. Stay alert, keep a safe driving distance and be ready for sudden stops.

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