Driving in Texas can carry its share of risks, and this is especially true during the summer months. Traffic patterns change in several important ways during the summer, and that leads to an increase in certain road hazards. As a driver, protecting yourself and others from motor vehicle accidents is a primary responsibility. Being aware of the specific risks that summer driving can pose will keep you, your passengers and the drivers around you safer.
Summertime is sometimes known as construction season and for good reason. Most areas do their most significant construction projects during the late spring into early autumn, with the bulk falling during the summer period.
Driving near construction offers two hazards. First, construction frequently blocks off lanes and changes traffic patterns while in progress, which creates choke points and unfamiliar driving conditions that increase the risk of accidents.
Second, there are the construction workers themselves, who by the nature of their job are frequently on or alongside the road. Sadly, hundreds of construction workers are the victims of collisions with vehicles each year, and it’s crucial to pay extra care when driving near an active construction zone.
Motorcyclists, bikers and pedestrians
The summer weather tends to bring people outdoors as pedestrians, and the pleasant temperatures make both motorcycling and bicycling more popular activities. Unfortunately, an increase in all these activities leads to greater risk on the roads.
Bicyclists in particular tend to be a major hazard on the road, especially in areas where the infrastructure doesn’t exist for clearly defined bike lanes or paths for bikers. A bicyclist riding alongside the road is a clear and present danger, especially when traffic is heavier.
Motorcyclists post a two-fold risk: They often ride in a more erratic way than cars and trucks do, and motor vehicle accidents involving motorcycles tend to result in greater injuries. In the case of motorcycle accidents, it’s not just about the frequency but also about the severity and seriousness of the aftermath.
The summer months bring a handful of driving hazards, primarily because of increased construction and a higher number of motorcyclists, bicyclists and pedestrians. Being aware of these hazards will allow you to be a safer driver.