Data from the National
Highway Traffic Safety Administration
consistently shows the highest number of traffic fatalities is in the third quarter (July-September)of the year.
Here are five other reasons why summer is the unanticipated accident season:
1. Construction Zones Are Riskiest To Drivers
In these hotter months, roadwork goes in full swing as DOTs scramble to complete scheduled repairs.
2. Rain is Deadlier than Ice
Maybe it's because snow and ice demand caution, but drivers seem to let their guard down in the summer. In reality, water - not just snow and ice - is the biggest offender. Wet pavement is a factor in close to 75 percent of all weather-related accidents in the Unites States.
3. Vacations up the Accident Ante
Driving in unfamiliar territory can increase the risk factors for several reasons: You can't anticipate traffic patterns as well as the locals, you're more likely to get lost, and you're probably sharing the road with other tourists.
4. Drunk-Driving Peaks When it's Warm Out
Think New Years is dangerous? The Fourth of July, Memorial Day, and Labor Day are among the top six most dangerous holidays, according to the National Safety Council. Do yourself a favor and plan ahead - have a designated driver.
5. Teens Spend More Time On The Road
The long summer break is an ideal time for teens to ramp up on hours behind the wheel. While it's great that so many young drivers are getting much needed practice, the uptick in teen motorists puts everyone at risk. If you're driving - or parenting a driver - pay special attention to the
specific risk factors
associated with inexperienced drivers.