Florida drivers should be aware of the risks associated with the “100 deadly days of summer.” This period of time, spanning from Memorial Day to Labor Day, is historically known as a dangerous time to be on the road due to increased travel, alcohol consumption and other risky behaviors.
Why are the summer months so dangerous for motorists?
Several factors contribute to the heightened risks of the “100 deadly days of summer.” For one, there tends to be an increase in travel during this time, as many families take vacations and students are out of school. This means there are more drivers out and about, which can lead to congestion, road rage and other dangerous situations.
Furthermore, alcohol consumption tends to be more prevalent during the summer months, as people attend more social events and outdoor gatherings. This can lead to an increase in drunk driving incidents, which are a leading cause of fatal motor vehicle accidents. Other risky behaviors, such as distracted driving and speeding, may also be more common during this period.
Tips for staying safe on the road
Distracted driving, which can include texting, eating or adjusting the radio while driving is a common cause of collisions. To avoid distractions, make sure to put away your phone and other devices before getting behind the wheel.
If you plan to attend social events where alcohol will be served, make sure to plan ahead for a designated driver or another safe way to get home. It’s never worth risking your life, or the lives of others, by getting behind the wheel after drinking.
It might seem obvious, but wearing your seatbelt can greatly reduce the risk of serious injury or death in the event of a collision. Also, following the speed limit, especially on highways and other high-speed roads can give you the chance to react to hazards, even when they are initiated by others.
Finally, it’s crucial to stay alert and focused while driving, especially during long trips. Taking breaks when necessary, and avoiding driving when fatigued can keep you out of trouble on the road.