Why Car Crashes Increase During the Summer

More Cars on the Road Mean More Accidents

We all look forward to the summer season. Getting outdoors, going on vacations, and gatherings with friends and family are always fun. However, with more places to go and people to see, more cars are on the road — and that means an uptick in car crashes. Here are the top reasons why car crashes happen more during the warmer months than any other time of year.

Teens Are out of School

During the summer months, teen drivers are out and about, wanting to enjoy the weather just as much as everyone else. However, inexperienced teen drivers are more likely to be involved in a car accident. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for U.S. teens. Roughly seven teens between the ages of 13 and 19 die every day from car crash injuries.

More Road Construction

The milder weather can make it easier for road construction workers to repair highways and roads. Construction zones are set up to be safe. However, it can increase the risk of a car crash due to detours, traffic lane closures, temporary road signs and signals, and other road changes. Road construction zones can make it more complicated for drivers to navigate, and confusion about where they should be positioned on the road can be the catalyst for an accident.

Higher Temperatures Impact Vehicle Failures

The hot temperatures can impact vehicle equipment including tires. The hotter weather can cause the air inside tires to expand, which can lead to a blowout. Blowouts can cause a driver to lose control and be involved in a crash.

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