In 2014, 32,675 people died in motor vehicle crashes, down 0.7% from 32,894 in 2013, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. And while many drivers assume that winter is the most dangerous driving season, summer, too, has its fair share of risks related to visibility, road conditions, and more. Before you hit the road for your summer road trip, put safety first. Here are just a few summer driving mistakes you just don't want to make.
Neglecting Sun Protection
Regardless of where or at what time of the day you're driving, it's always ideal to keep a pair of high-quality sunglasses in your vehicle at all times. You never know when you'll find yourself caught driving right into the early morning sun and need all the eye protection you can get. Driving unprotected from the sun is a major risk due to the decreased visibility. There's no need to squint or cause an accident -- investing in a pair of sunglasses and keeping them in your car at all times is one of the most important summertime driving safety measures.
Wearing the Wrong Footwear
Many people love wearing open-toed shoes, flip-flops, or even bare feet during the summer season. While this is perfectly fine, it's important to make sure that the footwear you choose is also suitable for driving, more importantly, for accurately controlling the pedals. If possible, keep a standard pair of sneakers in your car so that you never have to worry about your choice of footwear impeding your driving ability.
Driving in Severe Thunderstorms
Finally, it's essential to understand the proper procedure regarding what to do when you're caught driving in the middle of a thunderstorm. Most drivers feel as though they're experienced enough to drive through it, but this isn't always safe, regardless of the driver's experience level. First, if your visibility becomes impaired to the storm, pull over immediately and wait for it to pass. And in cases of severe thunderstorms, it's also best to pull over immediately and seek shelter inside of a closed building. If that isn't an option, it's actually safest to stay inside of your vehicle and avoid touching metal objects. That way, if lightning strikes it, it'll just flow around your vehicle and become absorbed by the ground. The only exception to this is if you drive a convertible.
Finding Legal Representatives
Summer driving certainly has its risks, and despite your best efforts, you may find yourself in an accident and in need of legal representatives. If that's the case, contact a team of criminal defense lawyers to explore your options. For more information about legal representatives, contact Rhett Bernstein.