Now that summer is in full swing, messy winter roads may feel like a distant memory. Rather than worrying about icy patches on your way out, you can think about sunshine and enjoying the outdoors.
However, winter is not the only season when the roads can be dangerous. Often summer can present additional problems because drivers are unprepared for challenging conditions.
These are some of the hazards you should watch for while driving this summer.
Rainfall can be dangerous, too
Often, summer showers are met with comments on how dry the ground has been and how crops and gardens could use the rain. While regular rain tends only to make the roads a little slippery, a large rainstorm can be dangerous if it has not rained in a while.
When it rains regularly, oil does not get a chance to build up on the road. However, when it is dry for several weeks, and then there is a significant storm, the accumulated oil on the road can create areas that are incredibly slippery.
The downside of longer days
One of the great parts about summer is the longer days. When the sun is up longer, you can go out and enjoy the weather with your friends and loved ones.
During the summer, the sun also tends to be brighter, making it difficult to see when you are driving towards the sun. If you know you will be driving with a lot of sun in your eyes, remember to bring your sunglasses to see the other vehicles around you.
Whether you are traveling across the state or to the other side of town, when you know what to watch for, you can make your drive safer.