5 dangers of driving in the summer

On Behalf of | Jun 6, 2023 | Motor Vehicle Accidents |

It’s summer and there’s going to be a lot more people on the road, which also means a lot more accidents.

You may need to know how to stay safe when driving in the summer. Here’s what you should know:

1. Putting your feet on the dash

Many passengers like to put their feet up on the dash to get a little bit of air and stretch out in their seats. While having their feet up can be relaxing, it can also create a lot of issues if the vehicle was suddenly in an accident. An accident could cause the passenger to slip underneath their seatbelt. As a result, the passenger may be injured as they’re wedged below the dash.

2. Using shades at night

Some drivers will use shades to block out the sun and reduce glare. While that can be useful during the day, it can create issues at night. Drivers may not realize how dark it’s gotten if they wear their sunglasses all day. As a result, they may not realize how low their visibility is, which can make it harder to spot other cars.

3. Heatstroke and dehydration

It’s likely going to be another record-breaking year of hot weather and dangerous temperatures. Many drivers have to be aware of how much sun they’re taking in and drink water in response. If a driver isn’t drinking enough water, then they could become dehydrated and develop heatstroke, which could be dangerous while driving. 

4. Driving with sandals 

One way many drivers are cooling off is by wearing sandals. Sandals can help people’s feet metaphorically breathe, but they’re also likely a driving hazard. Flip Flops and sandals don’t have the same traction as shoes and could easily slip off the brake.

5. Texting and driving

One of the most common causes of auto accidents is texting and driving. With so many cars on the road, people are going to want to look at their phones more often. Texting and driving is inherently dangerous because it distracts drivers. 

If you’re in an accident while driving, you may need to be aware of your legal rights to seek compensation.