As thrilling as it is to travel, summer driving is also hazardous. It’s logical to think that winter poses more risks. However, according to insurance studies, most car accidents occur between June and September. Here, Allentown senior care professionals explain a few of the reasons why caution is needed when driving during the summer.
1. More teenage drivers are on the highways.
With school out of session, more teens take to the roads. Young people lack the better judgment that comes with driving experience. Adolescents are more likely to be involved in driving accidents than any other age group, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
2. Roads are more congested with vacationers.
Heavy traffic triggers frustration and road rage. Out of impatience, people weave between lanes, verbalize anger, and cut off other drivers. Though it’s hard to refrain from reacting, the best response is staying calm. Try to avoid confrontation, and shrug off the hostile behavior of irate drivers.
3. Tire blowouts are more prevalent.
Heat causes tire air to expand, making wheels prone to blowouts, especially if they’re worn. Tire pressure increases by one pound for every 10-degree rise in temperature. Check tire pressure every two weeks during summer, especially at times of heat waves. Refer to the recommended pressure rating in your vehicle owner’s manual or the inside panel on the driver’s door. Keep tires inflated to that pressure level.
4. Car engines overheat.
Common causes of engine trouble are low anti-freeze, loose hoses, and overdue car maintenance. Stash a bottle of coolant and a water jug in the trunk. If the temperature gauge approaches the danger zone, turn off the air-conditioning. This dissipates heat and relieves engine strain. Then get off the road and shut the ignition. Rather than trying to resolve the problem, call a car-savvy person for help or, if your loved one has AAA coverage, ask the agency to dispatch a technician.
5. Summer sun glare is blinding, increasing car accident risk.
Even sun shining from the rear of your car changes the brightness of traffic lights. Distinguishing colors is difficult, leading to mistaking a red light for green. Wear polarized sunglasses while driving. Polarized lenses are designed to reduce glare and sun intensity.
If you’re concerned about your senior loved one driving this summer, we can help. At Allentown Home Care Assistance, our caregivers are licensed, bonded, and insured and can provide safe transportation for your aging loved one whether to run errands, attend doctors’ appointments, or meet friends. Learn more about our care services, including part-time and live-in senior care in Allentown, by calling 484-350-3874 today. We look forward to hearing from you.