When it comes to seasonal driving hazards in Colorado, you may think that winter is the most dangerous time of year on the roads. After all, the state is known for its snow.
However, according to the Colorado state patrol, summertime is responsible for a third of the annual fatalities from motor vehicle accidents. Therefore, it is wise to know the driving dangers that come during this time so you can stay safe on the road.
Extreme heat and dryness can cause damage to vehicles. If owners do not maintain their vehicles properly, then they are at risk of experiencing auto problems that can lead to an accident. Summer also brings thunderstorms, and sometimes floods and hail, that negatively affect people’s ability to drive. Stay off the road if possible during poor weather.
Holidays and vacations often mean lots of drinking. The number of people consuming alcohol increases with the rise in tourists and students out of school. Avoid distractions while behind the wheel so you can watch out for reckless and impaired drivers, and always wear a seatbelt to minimize your injuries in an accident.
The beautiful weather also brings an increase in traffic due to the following:
- Local and out-of-state vacationers
- Pedestrians and cyclists
- Motorcycle riders
- Construction work
More vehicles and obstructions on the road result in higher chances of getting into an accident. Be sure to leave plenty of distance between you and other drivers. Follow all traffic laws, especially in construction zones, and slow down.
Being aware of hazards and driving safely can significantly reduce the likelihood of you getting into an accident. However, it does not eliminate the risk altogether, as you cannot control what other people do. If you are injured this summer as a result of a car crash, an attorney can help you seek the financial compensation you need to cover medical expenses and reimburse you for lost wages.