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Driving hazards in the summer months

On Behalf of | May 8, 2023 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

Summer in Idaho can be a time for fun and adventures, with many people hitting the roads for vacation, road trips and fun-filled outdoor activities. However, motorists need to be aware of potential dangers to ensure their safety and that of others on the road.

Heat-related issues

High temperatures can cause tire blowouts, overheated engines and other mechanical problems. Additionally, the heat can cause drowsiness, dehydration and other health-related issues that can impair driving abilities. To avoid these issues, make sure your vehicle is in good condition before heading out, take regular breaks to stay hydrated and avoid driving during the hottest parts of the day.

Increased traffic

With many people on the road for summer activities, traffic can become more congested and unpredictable. This can increase the risk of accidents and other driving hazards.

To avoid traffic-related issues, plan ahead, allowing for extra time to complete your trip. Consider alternate routes and travel during off-peak hours when possible. Stay alert and avoid distractions, such as cell phones or eating, while driving.

Road construction

Summertime is also a popular time of the year for road works, which can lead to lane closures, detours and delays. This can create confusion and increase the risk of motor vehicle accidents.

To avoid road construction-related hazards, check for updates on road closures and construction schedules. Furthermore, consider using a navigation app that can provide real-time traffic updates and alternate routes.


Summertime often brings an increase in wildlife activity, including deer and other animals that can cross roads unexpectedly. This is particularly dangerous for drivers in rural or wooded areas.

To avoid striking animals with your vehicle, pay attention to warning signs and drive cautiously in areas where wildlife is known to be present. Use high-beam headlights when appropriate and avoid swerving violently to avoid an animal, which can increase the risk of a collision.

Increased pedestrian and cyclist activity

Summertime is a popular time for outdoor activities, including walking and cycling. This can create hazards for drivers, particularly in areas with heavy pedestrian or bicycle traffic. Preventing pedestrian and bicycle-related accidents requires that drivers stay alert and remain aware of their surroundings, particularly in areas with low visibility.