Washington summer driving hazards
The Washington State Department of Transportation recorded 8,192 motor vehicle accidents in Washington in 2022. Some of these accidents occurred in July and August – two months that statistically have many accidents.
Summer is a time for taking trips and having fun, but road safety matters. Remember the following summer driving hazards when you’re on the road this summer.
Popular Seattle attractions like the Space Needle and Pike Place Market attract millions of visitors. An estimated 21.9 million overnight visitors stayed in Seattle in 2019. Vacationing drivers are often distracted by their new surroundings. Driving under the influence or while drowsy occurs, too.
Remain vigilant when driving in increased traffic – especially during popular holidays like the Fourth of July.
Teenagers drive more during the summer. And they’re more likely to experience motor vehicle accidents during this time. Young drivers have little driving experience. These drivers are also more likely to take reckless actions, such as speeding and texting, while driving.
Become more vigilant when driving near a teenage driver. Also, if you have a driving teenager, share the importance of driving safely.
Some people prefer to ride bicycles during summer. Whether it’s tourists or local commuters, you might notice an increase in bicyclists on the road. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports bicyclists are more likely to get hit by vehicles during the summer.
Watch for bicyclists when you’re on the road. For example, watch for bicyclists when you’re changing lanes, opening your car door or making a turn. Give bicyclists room and never drive too close. Think of the bicyclist as another driver on the road.
Summer driving requires increased vigilance. Bicyclists, vacation traffic and young drivers are driving hazards of summer. But hazards such as animals and pedestrians are also worth noting. Keep your summer fun by driving safely.